PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area has announced bans on smoking, building fires and other activities on National Forest System lands in the gorge.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the restrictions were issued Wednesday because of wildfire risk and will stay in effect until significant moisture lowers the fire danger.
The restrictions ban campfires on National Forest System lands except in fire rings at the Eagle Creek, Eagle Creek Overlook, and Wyeth campgrounds.
Smoking outside of cars, buildings and developed recreation sites is banned “except in barren areas that are clear of flammable material within a three-foot diameter.”
Motorized vehicles are banned on National Forest System trails and land.
The use of welding equipment and torches is prohibited. Internal combustion engine use is also banned “except in areas devoid of vegetation.”
Check Oregon and Washington state park websites for state park fire restrictions.