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Forest (and city) activities curbed for fire danger

Forest (and city) activities curbed for fire danger

The list of restrictions in the Tillamook State Forest continues to tighten as fire danger increases. Due to the unusually dry and hot conditions this year, many popular forest activities have been curbed.

- All campfires have been banned, even those in established fire pits in state forestland and Bureau of Land Management land. This includes fires in campgrounds and day-use areas. Tuesday, Forest Grove Fire&Rescue also banned all recreational campfires in city limits and in the Forest Grove Rural Fire District.

- Cooking fires, even those using charcoal and briquettes, have been banned.

n Campers may continue to use portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels with extreme caution.

- Tiki torches, candles and floating lanterns have all been banned.

- Oregon Department of Forestry officials have not yet banned recreational shooting but are still asking the public not to shoot because of the extremely dry conditions.

In addition, as during every fire season, all visitors to the forest must carry a shovel in their vehicle, along with either one gallon of water or a 2.5-pound fire extinguisher.