McKENZIE BRIDGE, Ore. — Additional fire restrictions are now in effect on the Willamette National Forest (beginning Aug. 18), the US Forest Service reports.
Fire danger is currently ‘very high’ and Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) has moved to IFPL IV.
The new restrictions prohibit all motorized use on motorized trails, including in the Santiam Pass and Huckleberry Flats OHV areas. OHVs (off-highway vehicles) are only allowed on multi-use roads, which allow both OHVs and regular motor vehicles; Motor Vehicle Use Maps show which roads are open to multi-use and are available at Willamette National Forest offices and online.
All campfires, charcoal or briquette fires, pellet fires, or any other open fires are still prohibited, including in campgrounds and wilderness areas. Portable cooking stoves and lanterns using liquefied or bottled fuel are still allowed as they can be instantly switched off.
Smoking is not allowed except within an enclosed vehicle or building or a developed recreation site. Additionally, welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame is also not allowed. Use of combustion engines; including but not limited to generators and chainsaws, except in areas devoid of vegetation and those located inside of buildings.
Officials say to be aware of current restrictions before you head out and share current information with others who may be unaware of the restrictions. View alerts at https://tinyurl.com/3mhen63u and closures at https://tinyurl.com/mvpdbh89 for additional information.