The Howard Buford Recreation Area is closing and fires are prohibited in Lane County campgrounds, beaches and day-use areas as easterly winds increase fire danger.
Lane County announced Thursday the closure of the park, which contains Mount Pisgah and Swing Hill, ahead of a red flag warning for western Oregon.
The closure of Lane County’s largest park includes trails, the Mount Pisgah Arboretum and access to the Coast Fork Willamette River and will last through at least Saturday.
County park officials will reassess weather conditions and fire danger before deciding whether to reopen the park on Sunday.
Park closures due to fire danger are not uncommon, and about 50 acres on the southeast flank of Mount Pisgah burned in a wildfire just over two years ago.
Pre-scheduled events at Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s White Oak Pavilion will be allowed to continue, according to a news release, and staff will work with event planners to ensure events go ahead safely.
Lane County also announced that campfires in county campgrounds, day use areas and beaches are prohibited from 8 p.m. Thursday until at least 6 p.m. Sunday.
Additionally, all campfires in Lane County campgrounds, day use areas and beaches are prohibited beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday until at least 6 p.m. Sunday.
People can still use propane stoves and fireplaces that can be turned off by a valve as long as they use them on asphalt or gravel surfaces.
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