It seems to be happening earlier every year, and this year is no different. Effective May 24th Sherman and Gilliam counties will be under a fire ban.
Campfires are banned at Cottonwood Canyon State Park and all surrounding BLM land. Rangers, local police and fire agencies will be working together throughout the summer on the lookout for illegal fires on park land.
What is allowed during the fire ban?
- Propane/gas cooking stoves
- charcoal used inside of designated fire rings (no lump charcoal)
- propane fire rings placed inside of designated fire rings
What isn’t allowed:
- Tiki torches
- lump charcoal
- smoking outside of campsites/irrigated areas
- Anything with open flame, or which may create embers
Remember, even the smallest spark can cause a rangeland fire. Keep vehicles on designated roads and out of dry grass.
See a fire at the park? Dial 911 or contact park staff immediately. Fires move quickly in tinder dry conditions threatening property and lives. Stay safe and keep out of the area.
For updated fire ban information, contact Cottonwood Canyon State Park at (541) 394 0002 or Deschutes State Recreation Area at (541) 739 2322