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Cool, wet weather prompts state to lift park fire ban

State parks officials have lifted a fire ban that was imposed in August because of an extreme fire danger.

Parks officials said Friday, Sept. 4, that lower temperatures, moisture and a gradual relaxation of fire bans by other jurisdictions promoted the cancelation of a statewide state park fire ban. Fires will be allowed in designated metal fire pits in the Columbia Gorge, Willamette Valley, Portland area and on the coast from Fort Stevens near Astoria to and including Honeyman Memorial State Park near Florence.

The state park campfire ban continues unchanged on the beach, in all coastal state park campgrounds south of Reedsport and in Central, Eastern and Southern Oregon. The ban includes open flames and, in some areas, charcoal briquettes. Park-by-park information on these restrictions is online at http://oregonstateparks.org.