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Campfire ban

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is prohibiting all campfires in state parks due to high fire danger.

The ban includes but is not limited to designated fire pits, tiki torches and candles. The ban also extends to fires on ocean beaches.

“Our goal is to avoid any accidental fires on OPRD property that would further tax limited firefighting resources,” said MG Devereux, the agency’s deputy director.

“Most communities have sent local firefighters and equipment to help with wildfires throughout the state. An unintentional fire in a state park would add an unnecessary burden to firefighting efforts.”

In Washington, for what’s believed to be the first time in more than 20 years, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources has shut down all industrial forest activities across almost all of eastern Washington’s forested areas.

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