Did Ya Know? New Elevational Campfire Ban in Central Cascades Wilderness

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If you are heading to the high country wilderness areas be aware of a new campfire ban. This is to protect the high alpine ecosystems that are sensitive to human impacts. Below is the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests notification on this policy. You can find MORE INFO HERE.

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From the Deschutes National Forest: 

After much consideration, the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests will delay the implementation of the Central Cascades Wilderness limited entry permit system until May 2021. One aspect of the Central Cascades Wilderness Strategies decision, which will be implemented this year is the elevational campfire ban. The ban includes:

  • All campfires are banned above 5,700’ elevation in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wildernesses, as well as some areas lower than 5,700’
  • All campfires are banned above 6,000’ elevation in Diamond Peak Wilderness.

Other than the elevational fire ban, the wilderness areas will be managed this year as they were previously. The Willamette National Forest will maintain the Pamelia and Obsidian limited entry areas, and both forests will maintain the free self-issue permit systems for entering the wildernesses.