SALEM, Ore. — Less than a week after banning all open flames at Oregon state parks, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has decided to lift the ban for parks "along the coast" effective on Wednesday, July 25.
The campfire ban remains in effect for ocean beaches and all other state parks managed by OPRD, and applies to wood, charcoal, and any other sources of flame that cannot be "turned off" with a valve. The ban includes campgrounds and day-use areas.
Flame sources that are operated by a valve are exempt from the ban. However, valve-operated propane fire pits are allowed in coastal parks and on beaches only. Propane fire pit use is banned in all other state park properties.
OPRD expects the campfire ban to last at least a week—but that highly depends on weather conditions, firefighting efforts, and input from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and other state and local fire officials.
The ban was extended because of the continued hot, dry conditions and the high number of wildfires still burning throughout the state.
Travelers looking for more information can visit OPRD's restrictions and closures page for their latest updates, call the info line at 800-551-6949, or look up park-specific information with their Find a Park page.
NewsWatch 12 has reached out to OPRD for more information on which specific parks are affected by the lifting of those restrictions, and we are awaiting a reply.