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Fires, shooting, smoking restricted in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

By , Columbian staff writer
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New restrictions have been imposed on campfires, smoking and other activities in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Bans, which are in effect through Nov. 1, include:

  • Building and maintaining campfires within National Forest System land, including cooking and warming fires. Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are permitted.
  • Smoking outside unless in a barren area that is cleared of all flammable material.
  • Discharging a firearm, except for those hunting with a valid license, or using explosives. Welding or operating torching tools is also banned.
  • Operating vehicles with internal or external combustion engines without a proper spark suppressing device.

An individual who violates the fire bans may receive a maximum fine of $5,000, and a group may have to pay up to $10,000. Violators can also face imprisonment for six months or less.

For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/main/crgnsa/fire.

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