Fire warning triggers restrictions in county parks, forests

From: Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager, 503-742-5911

Media and Interested Parties

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) — Molalla Unit has issued a Level 2 Fire Warning for the North Cascade District. The warning became effective at 12:01 a.m. early this morning. 

The district covers the majority of Clackamas County east of I-5/I-205 and all county parks and forestland properties. This includes the three county parks that feature recreational vehicle (RV) camping sites — Barton Park, Feyrer Park and Metzler Park. 

Restrictions at county parks and forest lands include:

  • Campfires must be contained only within metal fire rings
  • Campfire flame height is limited to 12 inches

ODF provides jurisdiction over Clackamas County parks as regulated public facilities. Fire districts will be issuing their own fire danger warnings for extreme fire conditions. 

It is believed that a combination of heat and wind will bring the county into a Level 3 warning sometime later this week. If and when that happens, stricter restrictions will be put into effect. 

Clackamas County parks and forest staff will maintain direct communication with ODF during these high and extreme fire levels. 

For more information, members of the media or public may contact Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager Tim Heider at 503-742-5911.