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.