Marion County Parks is prohibiting all campfires and open flames in all county parks effective July 19, 2018. The ban is in response to Gov. Brown's declaration of a fire emergency. The campfire and open flame ban includes Bear Creek Campground and all county day-use parks, and applies to wood, charcoal, and other flame sources that cannot be turned off with a valve. Gas grills or barbecues that can be turned off with a valve are still permitted, but cannot be left unattended.
Russ Dilley, Marion County Parks Coordinator, says the ban is meant to avoid any accidental fires at county parks. "We understand this is an inconvenience for some campers and park-goers who might feel this is unnecessary, but the fire danger is extremely high right now and our primary focus is on the protection of both our park property and visitors," said Dilley. "We appreciate the public's cooperation with the ban and assistance in keeping our parks safe."
It is unclear how long the fire ban is expected to be in place, but will be evaluated based on weather, resource conditions and input from Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and other state and local fire officials.
Visitors planning a trip to a Marion County park should check for up-to-date information about fire restrictions by going to http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks/Pages/default.aspx, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 503-588-5036.