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National forest relaxes fire restrictions

After an unusually hot and dry summer, the Mount Hood National Forest lifted all the temporary campfire and off road vehicle restrictions, effective Friday, Sept. 18.

Campfires and off road vehicle use had been restricted for much of the summer. But, now, with the lifting of these restrictions, campfires will be allowed for dispersed camping, and off road vehicle use is also allowed under normal regulations forestwide. 

People cutting firewood should take note of changes in fire precaution rules and check in with the U.S. Forest Service by phone or the webpage for the most up to date conditions.

“Though we are lifting the formal fire restrictions, this does not mean that people can now stop being responsible with fire,” said Forest Supervisor Lisa Northrop, in a statement announcing the changes. “We need to use fire responsibly no matter what time of year or where we might be. We could still see some hot, dry weather in some areas of the forest this fall.” 

The Forest Service reminds people to “please recreate responsibly: when using campfires at any time of the year and at any location, never leave fires unattended and ensure that fires are completely out before leaving.”

For more information please visit fs.usda.gov/mthood.