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

By , Columbian staff writer

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.

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