Mt. Hood National Forest Issues Campfire & Off Road Vehicle Restrictions

Due to continued dry and hot weather conditions on the Mt. Hood National Forest, officials issued public use fire restrictions on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

Campfires are now only allowed in fire rings located in designated developed recreation sites. The list of designated developed recreation sites where campfires are allowed is posted on the Mt. Hood National Forest web site Forest Orders page.  Dispersed campfires, ATV use, and smoking outside enclosed buildings or vehicles will be prohibited on National Forest lands encompassing the entire Mt. Hood National Forest until these restrictions are lifted.

OHV use will be prohibited in the McCubbins, La Dee, and Rock Creek OHV areas.

Under these public use fire restrictions the following acts are prohibited on the Mt. Hood National Forest:
- Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or charcoal fire, except in provided metal campfire rings or grills in designated recreation sites described in the Forest Order. Portable cooking stoves and lanterns using liquefied or bottled fuel are permissible in dispersed areas.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed campground or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter, which is barren and cleared of all flammable material.
- Operating a generator, except in designated developed recreation sites described the Forest Order.
- Possessing or using motorized vehicles (Motorcycles, ATVs, OHVs, etc.) on National Forest system trails.

In addition, the entire Mt. Hood National Forest is under Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) 2. Restrictions on firewood cutting, timber operations, and other industrial operations performed on National Forest System Land will be required to follow IFPL 2 requirements. Included in these requirements is a prohibition on chainsaw use after 1:00 p.m. and the need to maintain a fire watch of at least one hour following the use of a chainsaw. For detailed information about IFPL regulations please visit the Fire Information page on the Mt. Hood NF website.

The Forest Service would like to remind forest users of one activity that can pose a significant risk of starting fires but is often overlooked: recreational target shooting. While target shooting is a legitimate use of National Forest System lands when conducted in a safe and responsible manner, it has the potential to ignite forest fires in hot and dry conditions. Shooters are reminded to remain vigilant and refrain from target shooting in the afternoon when fire danger is high.

If campers have a fire within a fire ring in a designated developed campground, they are encouraged to keep fires small. Campfires must be attended at all times and drowned with water, stirred, and be cold to the touch before being left unattended. Campers outside of designated developed campgrounds must use flame sources that can be turned off, such as a gas grill or propane camp stove. A good rule of thumb is, “if you can turn it off it’s allowed.”

Wildfire starts with the current hot, dry conditions pose a greater threat to firefighter safety, public safety, and personal property in general and if a wildfire were to escape initial attack it has the potential to spread rapidly in these conditions.

“We know campfires are a big part of camping, but this year is unusually hot and dry so we all need to do our part to ensure the safety of the public,” said Forest Supervisor Jim DeMaagd.

Individuals starting fires will be held responsible for the costs of property damage and staffing fires as well as criminal charges of any possible loss of life. The Mt. Hood National Forest asks visitors to please follow these rules to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

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Campfires are permitted in fire rings located in the following Designated Developed Recreation Sites

Barlow Ranger District

Bear Springs CG

Bear Springs Picnic Grounds

Bonnie Crossing CG

Clear Creek CG

Eight Mile Crossing CG

Forest Creek CG

Knebel Spring CG

Little Badger CG

Lower Eight Mile Crossing CG

McCubbins Gulch CG

Pebble Ford CG

Rock Creek CG

Spring Drive RV Campground

Underhill Site

Hood River Ranger District

Barlow Creek CG

Barlow Crossing CG

Frog Lake CG

Frog Lake Picnic Ground

 Kinnikinnick CG

Lost Lake CG

Nottingham CG

Sherwood CG

Clackamas River Ranger District

Armstrong CG

Bagby CG

Camp Ten CG

Carter Bridge CG

Fish Creek CG

Harriet Lake CG

Hideaway Lake CG

Horseshoe Lake CG

Indian Henry CG

Kingfisher CG

Lazy Bend CG

Lockaby CG

Lower Lake CG

Olallie Lake Picnic Area

Paul Dennis CG

Peninsula CG

Raab CG

Rainbow CG

Ripplebrook CG

Riverford CG

Riverside CG

Roaring River CG

Shellrock Creek CG

Sunstrip CG

Triangle Lake Equestrian CG

Zigzag Ranger District

Alpine CG

Camp Creek CG

 Clackamas Lake CG

Gone Creek CG

Green Canyon CG

Hood View CG

Joe Graham Horse

Little Crater Lake CG

Lost Creek Lake CG

Meditation Point CG

McNeil CG

North Arm CG

Oak Fork CG

Pine Point CG

Pine Point Day Use Area

Riley Horse CG

Still Creek CG

Tollgate CG

Trillium Lake CG

West Shore Day Use Area