When fuel moistures and weather conditions create increased wildfire potential in Central Oregon, public fire restrictions will be put in place on federal public lands, like the BLM and Forest Service managed lands. These fire restrictions help reduce the chance of a human-caused wildfire starts.
In Central Oregon human-caused fire starts lead to 60% of wildfires on public lands. When these starts can be reduced, or eliminated, we protect the forests, our communities, and our local economies for the future.
We want you to know these restrictions are always carefully considered and are based on data before being implemented. Though we understand the joy of sitting around a campfire with hot dogs and marshmallows, we hope everyone wants to enjoy and protect the forest for future camping adventures, rather than being the reason the forest and the adventures are gone. Also, depending on the level of fire restriction, you may be able to use a propane stove or portable campfire to make those marshmallows toasty.
Restrictions can affect where you are allowed to smoke, the types of roads you can travel, and where – or even if – you are allowed to have a campfire. So always KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!
Make sure your campfire is dead out whenever it’s left unattended. Dead out means you can place your hand on top of where the campfire was located, and it is cool to the touch.
Fireworks, explosives and exploding target materials are always illegal on federal lands in Central Oregon. Fireworks restrictions vary from city to city throughout Central Oregon.
When conditions warrant, personal fire use restrictions may include limiting access to maintained dirt roads or paved roads during time periods in which fire danger is significant.
The Central Oregon Fire Information website is supported by Promoting Ecosystem Resilience and Fire Adapted Communities Together, a cooperative agreement between The Nature Conservancy, USDA Forest Service and agencies of the Department of the Interior — Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife through a subaward to the Watershed Research and Training Center. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.