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Fire restrictions in effect in Columbia River Gorge

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE — The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area has restricted campfires, smoking and other activities on national forest lands in the Gorge because of growing wildfire risk.

Campfires are not allowed in most areas, including fires with charcoal briquettes and in picnic areas with established metal fire pits or rings.

Campfires are still allowed in fire rings at Eagle Creek, Eagle Creek Overlook and Wyeth campgrounds.

Separate rules apply to Oregon and Washington state parks, so check with campground hosts or follow posted instructions.

Portable cooking stoves and lanterns using liquefied or bottled fuel are OK.

Smoking outside of vehicles, buildings and developed recreation sites is prohibited, except in bare areas clear of flammable material within 3 feet of the smoker.

Operating an internal combustion engine, such as a chain saw or generator, is prohibited, except in areas with no vegetation.

Welding or operating acetylene or other torches with open flames is not allowed.

Motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and off-highway vehicles are prohibited on trails or other off-road areas.

Restrictions will remain in effect until there is significant moisture to lower fire danger. Violators can be fined up to $5,000 and jailed for up to six months.

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