Fire Restrictions Lessen on Coos Bay District
NORTH BEND, Ore. – Due to reduced fire danger, the Bureau of Land Management Coos Bay District officials are reducing the public use restrictions on BLM-managed lands in southwest Oregon.
Starting on Oct. 1, 2022, at 12:01 a.m., campfires are allowed at East Shore Campground and Fawn Creek Campground, both in Douglas County. All other developed campgrounds on the Coos Bay District will close for the season on Sept. 30, 2022.
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 on Coos Bay District lands.
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 roadways clear of flammable vegetation.
- Using fireworks, exploding targets or tracer ammunition is prohibited.
- Chainsaw use is allowed. 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 $1,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.
For updated information on public use restrictions, please visit www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/fire-restrictions and the Oregon Department of Forestry at www.coosfpa.net.
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.