Fire danger prompts forest restrictions

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PENDLETON -- Campfires and smoking have been restricted in the Umatilla County Forest due to the potential for wildfires. The restrictions go into effect Thursday, said Chris Johnson, deputy fire staff officer.

Open campfires, including charcoal briquettes, cooking fires and warming fires, are prohibited except in fire pits at designated recreation sites. Pressurized gas barbecues, stoves and space heaters are allowed.

Smoking is only allowed in enclosed vehicles, buildings, developed recreation sites or when stopped in an area cleared of flammables.

Travel restrictions prohibit motor vehicles off designated forest roads and trails, except to go to or from campsites within 300 feet of an open road. Motorized travel on segments of road where access is blocked by gate, barricade, log, boulder or earthen berm is also prohibited.

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