Lane County lifts some fire restrictions in campgrounds

Aug. 4, 2018 — Cooler temperatures have allowed Lane County Parks to lessen some fire restrictions placed last week. Now, campers at Richardson Campground on Fern Ridge Reservoir and Camp Lane on Highway 126 are allowed to have campfires in already established fire pits.

Due to the continuing risk of fire in our area, Lane County Parks will still be enforcing these restrictions at several parks:

• No open flames are allowed in Lane County parks, including no campfires, warming fires, cooking fires or ceremonial fires unless noted otherwise in this press release.

• Gas-powered barbeques and cooking stoves using liquid or bottled fuels are allowed where restrictions prohibit campfires, but are restricted to use for cooking purposes only.

• Open flames are prohibited at day-use areas in Lane County parks.

• Tobacco use and vaping are already prohibited in Lane County parks.

• Any other spark-emitting operation not specifically mentioned is prohibited. 

Not included in these restrictions are coastal Lane County parks located west of milepost 18 on Highway 126, including Archie Knowles Campground and Harbor Vista Campground.

Lane County will continue to monitor weather conditions, especially humidity and wind, to determine if further restrictions become necessary, including potential park and trail closures.

With the marine layer of clouds bringing greatly increased humidity levels as well as lower temperatures to Lane County, Oregon Department of Forestry and Lane Fire Authority have agreed to move the public fire danger levels to “high,” effective Thursday. This means mowing, chain saw use, etc. can be done after 8 p.m. or before 10 a.m.

The fire danger will be reevaluated on Monday, Aug. 6.

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