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Open fires prohibited at Clackamas County parks

Clackamas County announced Wednesday that it was notified Tuesday that state-park fire restrictions are now mandatory throughout the county's parks and forestland properties. Previously, enforcement in county parks was at the county’s discretion as a regulated public facility.

County-owned land, 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 (ODOF) has mandated these restrictions within its North Cascade District, saying that 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 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. For a full list of these closures, visit http://www.clackamas.us/forests/.

These are just some of the restrictions that were put into place Tuesday. For a complete list of prohibited actions, see http://www.oregon.gov/odf/FIRE/Closures/RUNC0115.pdf.

Additional restrictions for public use areas can be found in the ODOF proclamation that went into effect early Tuesday morning: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/FIRE/Closures/IFPLNC0515.pdf

More ODOF information can be found at http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevel.aspx.

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