The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is prohibiting campfires, smoking and off road vehicle use as of July 21.
The closure is necessary due to very high fire danger across the area. Building, maintaining, attending and using a fire, campfire or charcoal fire in fire rings, stove, grill or fireplace will only be allowed in designated campgrounds and recreation sites.
Smoking will be allowed in vehicles, buildings, campgrounds or developed recreation sites, or while stopped in an area that is cleared of flammable material at least 3 feet in diameter.
Off-road vehicle use will be allowed on Forest Developed Roads and designated parking areas. "Very little rainfall in the area during the last two months combined with recent high temperatures has resulted in very dry conditions. The potential for wildfires is extreme", said Rod Altig, Fire Management Officer, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
National Scenic Area officials would greatly appreciate your help in preventing wildfires.