Fire Restrictions Increase on Coos Bay District


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Coos Bay District Office

Media Contact:

Megan Harper

NORTH BEND, Ore. – Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Coos Bay District officials are increasing the public use restrictions on BLM-managed lands in southwest Oregon as the weather warms and fire danger increases across the forest.

Starting on June 30, 2023, at 12:01 a.m., campfires are allowed at the following campgrounds:

  • East Shore
  • Loon Lake
  • Vincent Creek
  • Fawn Creek
  • Smith River Falls
  • Park Creek
  • Edson Creek
  • Sixes River

Visitors can use portable cooking stoves that use liquified or bottled fuels. Otherwise, campfires or any other type of open fire, including the use of charcoal briquettes, is prohibited.

“Conditions are drying out quickly. Human caused fires are the one type of fire we can prevent on our public lands,” said Steve Lydick, Coos Bay District Manager.

In addition to campfires, the following activities are restricted:

  • Smoking is only allowed while in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, or at designated areas.
  • Operating a motor vehicle and parking off road (including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles) is only allowed on improved roads and trail systems free of flammable vegetation. Motorcycle riding on the Blue Ridge Trail System is only allowed on the improved roads.
  • Using fireworks, exploding targets or tracer ammunition is prohibited.
  • Chainsaw use is allowed between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. Each saw being used must have one shovel and one fire extinguisher of at least 8-ounce capacity.

Visitors to BLM-managed lands are also required to carry with them tools to ensure small fires can be put out quickly. These tools include a shovel, axe, and at least one gallon of water or a 2.5-pound fire extinguisher.

Violation of these restrictions can result in a fine up to $100,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

For updated information on public use restrictions, please visit and the Oregon Department of Forestry at

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.