Campfire Restrictions Increase on Wild Section of Rogue River

Campfires are banned in the Wild section of the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River from Grave Creek to the mouth of Watson Creek.

Posted: Aug. 6, 2018 5:56 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Campfire restrictions are increasing on lands located within the Wild section of the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River, according to officials with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest (RRSNF) and Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Medford District.

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, building, maintaining, attending, or use of a fire is only permitted with the use of commercial stoves that use liquid fuel or propane. Cooking areas need to be naturally cleared of vegetation, and must be below the high water mark. As a preventative measure, groups traveling on the river must have a shovel and bucket.

Additionally, smoking is only permitted while on watercraft on waterways, or in areas that are on vegetation-free sand and gravel bars located between the river and high water mark.

The stretch of the river between Grave Creek and Marial is Bureau of Land Management-administered. From Marial and downriver to the mouth of Watson Creek is managed by the Forest Service.

These restrictions will be in place through November 30, 2018, unless sooner rescinded.

Public Use Restrictions across the remainder of lands administered by the RRSNF continue to be at a Stage 2. As conditions across SW Oregon continue to be hot and dry, and resources are actively suppressing multiple fires across the area, fire managers are reminding the public to be aware of fire danger, fire restrictions, and their important role in preventing human-caused fires.

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