Bend Fire & Rescue will place a ban Friday on certain recreational fires in the City of Bend and all areas within the Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District #2.
The ban includes open recreational fires which use wood, charcoal or other fuels used for cooking, warming, and other purposes.
Restrictions are meant to reduce the embers produced by open fires, which are a leading cause of wildfires in Bend.
Recreational fires which use commercially manufactured appliances or propane, butane, natural gas, or electric portable cooking are still allowed.
Outdoor chimneys, approved fire pits with screens, barbecues, smokes, and similar appliances which are used as instructed are also acceptable.
All cooking must be accompanied by a portable fire extinguisher or a charged water hose in case of fires, which must be fully extinguished before leaving.
Three active wildfires in the region and higher than normal temperatures produce ideal conditions for new fires to thrive.
Those who live in the area are asked to remain aware of current conditions and be sure to take proper safety measures.
The ban will be in place until further notice.
Links posted below will outline current restrictions in various local areas.
Oregon Department of Forestry: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx
USFS Deschutes National Forest: http://www.fs.usda.gov/centraloregon
Deschutes County: https://maps.deschutes.org/custom/basic/PublicUseRestrictions.html
Bend Fire Department burning information: www.bendoregon.gov/burninginfo
Residents and visitors can contact Bend Fire & Rescue at 541-322-6309 for additional information.