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Willamette National Forest implements forest-wide open fire restrictions including in wilderness areas

Effective today, September 8

Eugene, Ore., Sept. 8, 2022 — Open fire restrictions are in effect on the Willamette National Forest beginning today. A red flag warning will also be in place across the Cascades in anticipation of strong east winds on top of hot and dry conditions. Fire danger has increased to EXTREME on the Willamette National Forest.

All campfires, charcoal or briquette fires, pellet fires, or any other open fires are prohibited under a forest order. Restrictions will also go into effect for chainsaws in campgrounds, off-highway vehicles, and smoking. 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. Generators are permitted only in areas devoid of vegetation such as a paved area or developed campsite. Motorized vehicles may operate only on designated trails and roads.

“We have taken this step to help reduce preventable human-caused wildland fires,” said Deputy Fire Staff Officer Chris Donaldson. “Please adhere to these restrictions and encourage others to do the same while enjoying the outdoors.”

Please be aware of current restrictions before you head out and share current information with others who may be unaware of the restrictions. View our alerts at and our closures at for additional information. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @WillametteNF for the latest updates.

Tammy Terrell Robinson (she/her– why this matters)

Public Affairs Officer

Forest Service

Willamette National Forest

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