If you’re setting out to camp this weekend, unfortunately, there won’t be any smores. At least not on an open fire. Effective immediately, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has announced a ban on campfires and open flames at all state parks – including the Oregon Coast.
According to Governor Kate Brown’s recently statewide declaration of wildfire emergency, the campfire ban is expected to last one week. The parks department said in a news release last Thursday, wood, charcoal, and other flame sources that cannot be turned off without a valve are not permitted at this time.
The fire ban stems from Gov. Brown’s declaration of emergency which was issued last Wednesday, as the Substation fire erupted near The Dalles, killing one farmer and forcing residents to evacuate their homes. There are also a number of other wildfires across Oregon, including several near Crater Lake National Park and the Silver Creek Fire burning in the forest near Silver Falls State Park.