Public Fire Use Restrictions
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!
Forest Service & BLM Fire Restrictions Map
Can I have a campfire?
- Check the map above to see if the place you’re heading allows campfires
- Or call 1-800-523-4737 for more information
If a campfire is allowed where you’re planning to go, remember –
- Campfires should be contained within a campfire ring and the surrounding area should be clear of combustible material at least 15 feet from the campfire ring.
- Always bring a shovel and make sure you have plenty of water on hand to fully extinguish your fire.
Drown. Stir. Feel.
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 & Exploding Targets
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.
Do your part to prevent a spark!
- Never park or drive on dry vegetation. On unmaintained dirt roads, often called “two-track” roads, the grass and brush that may grow down the center can dry out and be an extreme fire risk. Vehicles traveling along these roads can pick up this vegetation under their vehicles where it can quickly ignite.
- Secure trailer chains. Loose chains can drag on pavement creating sparks that can ignite vegetation.
- Properly discard smoking materials. Never toss them from a vehicle or on the ground where vegetation can ignite.
- Sparks arrestors are required for OHVs, chainsaws and other motorized equipment.