Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fire Bans widens for Tillamook County

Due to extreme fire conditions statewide and elsewhere around the region, local officials are banning campfires throughout Tillamook County effective immediately. 

Campfire permits that have been issued by the Oregon Department of Forestry and rural fire departments are rescinded until further notice.  This ban applies to the entire Tillamook State Forest, Tillamook County Parks, Bureau of Land Management lands, all properties owned and managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department including ocean shores, and ODF protected public and private lands. 

This means NO
·       Campfires (prohibited even in established fire rings/pits
·       Cooking fires (including charcoal and briquettes)
·       Tiki torches
·       Candles
·       Sky Lanterns

Campers may continue to use portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels where permitted, with extreme caution.
In addition, the public is reminded that a campfire ban is already in place for Siuslaw National Forest lands east of Highway 101.  

Your cooperation and efforts are greatly appreciated during this period of extreme fire danger.  As many fire managers have reemphasized across the region, “we don’t need any more fires on the landscape.”  This closure will be monitored closely and when conditions warrant, the campfire ban will be lifted.