The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has put in place a full ban on fires.
Throughout the state, anything that emits flames — “wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches, and other devices that emit flames or embers” — is banned on all Parks and Recreation properties, including campsites, day-use areas, and beaches.
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“With conditions changing rapidly, our top priority remains the safety of visitors and staff,” said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. “Thanks to all for your patience and help in protecting the state’s parks and natural areas.”
Late Tuesday, the same news release also included new closures of official Parks and Recreation facilities and spaces.
Closed to all visitors, for the time being, is Silver Falls State Park near Silverton, Detroit Lake campground, and Mongold day-use area near Detroit, North Santiam State Park near Mehama, and Collier Memorial State Park near Klamath Falls.
“It’s best not to visit any state parks until conditions improve,” said OPRD associate Director Chris Havel in the news blast. “If you do travel to a park, or anywhere else for that matter, give space to emergency personnel and be prepared for unexpected closures.”