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Forest Service warns of high fire danger

The Mt. Hood National Forest has issued a warning that while campfires are still allowed in fire rings in most developed campgrounds, campfires are prohibited at remote, walk-in campgrounds on the eastside of the forest.

Firefighting crews have been called several times in the last few months to extinguish human-caused fires on forest lands.

Wildfires spread quickly and are difficult to control in hot, dry weather.

The forest service requests that campers use extreme caution with campfires in permitted areas.

Campfires may not be left unattended. The campfire must be drowned in water and the embers stirred in water. The coals must be cold to touch before they may be left unattended.

The forest service warns that anyone found to have started a fire may be held responsible for property damage, staffing to fight fire and criminal charges if there is any loss of life.

Grants to promote tourism available

The Estacada Tourism Committee will consider proposals for grant funds for any group or organization’s project that will result in overnight stays, tourism development and visitors shopping locally in the Estacada area.

The committee has $20,000 from hotel and motel room and camping taxes available for grants.

Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to attend a workshop on the application process at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, at City Hall, 475 S.E. Main St.

At the workshop, the application process and forms will be explained, questions will be answered and assistance offered.

Proposals are due in City Hall by 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Proposals should be submitted to Estacada Tourism Committee, c/o Estacada Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 298 or dropped off a the Chamber by hand at 475 S.E. Main St. They may also be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

There will be public testimony on the proposals at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21 at City Hall.

For more information visit estacadachamber.org or contact Connie Redmond at 503-630-3483 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..