Charles Kocher, Pilot staff writer

Officials have banned open fires in the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River, as fire danger levels were moved to andquot;extremeandquot; over the weekend.

The ban covers a popular rafting section from Grave Creek to Watson Creek, on lands managed both by the Bureau of Land Management upstream from Marial, and the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest manages lands downstream from there.

Here are the regulations that went into effect Saturday:

? Smoking will be prohibited except in boats on the water, and on naturally vegetation-free gravel bars and sand bars below the river’s high-water mark.

? Open fires will be prohibited, including camp fires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires. However, portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels will be allowed on naturally vegetation-free gravel bars and sand bars below the high-water mark

? Travelers must carry a shovel and bucket (one-gallon size).

? Fireworks will be prohibited.

For further information about fire restrictions in all parts of the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River, contact the Smullin Visitor Center located at the Rand National Historic Site at (541) 479-3735.

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season regulations, contact the unit office in your area:

? Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. Phone: (541) 664-3328

? Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Drive, Grants Pass. Phone: (541) 474-3152

Southwest Oregon District fire precaution level information is also posted online at

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest fire prevention regulations are posted online at