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Open fires now prohibited at all county and state parks

All Clackamas County parks and forestland properties, along with state parks and federal Bureau of Land Management campgrounds contained within Clackamas County, now must operate under heightened fire restrictions.

The Oregon Department of Forestry has mandated these restrictions within its North Cascade District.

Unusually dry and hot weather this year has led to a greater risk of fire for the area. The following fire restrictions and related actions are in effect until further notice:

- Open fires are prohibited in the types of areas listed above. This restriction extends to campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

- Certain restrictions on smoking while traveling.

- Fireworks are prohibited.

- Temporary road closures and fire bans are in place on county forestland properties.

These restrictions are now mandatory in Clackamas County. Previously, enforcement in the parks was at the county’s discretion as a regulated public facility.

Hood to Coast racers on Highway 26 Aug. 28

The 2015 Providence Hood and Portland to Coast Relays, which stretches from Timberline Lodge to Seaside, will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-29, and drivers are asked to be cautions when encountering racers on the road.

There will be traffic delays on Highway 26 due to the race from 4:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28.

Public with race related community questions and concerns can contact event organizers toll free at 844-428-8327 from Aug. 24 to Aug. 31.

Visit hoodtocoast.com for more information.

Welches family holds fundraiser to free Troy

On Saturday, Aug. 29, the friends and family of Troy Bachmann will hold a special fundraiser at The Fly Fishing Shop, 67296 Highway 26 in Welches.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., a raffle and silent auction featuring new rods, reels and other fly fishing gear will help raise money get Troy released from prison in Mexico where his family believes he is being held falsely for agricultural fraud.

For more information, visit fondly.com/friends-of-troy.

Purchase your chance at winning a handmade quilt

Time is running out to buy your raffle tickets for a chance to win a handmade quilt created by the Sandy Quilting Fiber Arts Club.

The drawing for this year’s quilt will be held on Monday, Aug. 31.

Tickets for the drawing can be purchased at the Sandy Historical Museum, where you can also see the quilt. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

The Sandy Historical Society is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Volunteers to county trail users in Boring, Clackamas County

In an effort to improve conditions for walkers, joggers, bikers and wheelchair users in the area, the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD), Clackamas County Parks, the cities of Happy Valley and Milwaukie, and 16 other local partners will participate in the National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation Project next month.

This event seeks to count and survey trail and bike lane users. Trail count data is used to help determine where and when to build new trails and to respond to the needs of trail users.

NCPRD needs volunteers to help with the trail count at six different locations during shifts. Counting occurs on Sept. 15-17 from 5-7 p.m., and on Sept. 19-20 from 9-11 a.m. Each shift is two hours at one location. Volunteers will be trained and receive specific instructions on how to do the counts.

Trail count locations include, Springwater Corridor Trail at Southeast Rugg Road near Boring, Trolley Trail at Southeast Concord Road, Southeast 17th Avenue at Southeast Milport Road, Scott Creek Park in Happy Valley and Mount Talbert Nature Park in Happy Valley.

Those interested in volunteering can attend a volunteer training session at 6 p.m. on Sept. 1 at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie. Rsvp to Samantha Wolf at 503-742-4685 or orswolf@clackamas.us.