The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and the Medford Bureau of Land Management are increasing fire restrictions effective at 12:01 a.m. on July 18, 2020, on those lands located within the boundaries of the Wild section of the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River. The Wild and Scenic Rogue River is managed by the Medford District BLM from Grave Creek downriver to Marial, and by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest from Marial downriver to Watson Creek.
Stage 2 Fire restrictions include:
· Campfires, including stove fires and warming fires are prohibited. Portable cooking stoves using commercially produced pressurized liquid or gas may be used. Cooking areas must be naturally free of vegetation.
· Charcoal briquettes can be used within a raised fire pan or similar device that will contain fire and ashes only on areas free of vegetation that lie between water and high water mark from Marial downstream to the mouth of Watson Creek. Ashes must be hauled out.
· As a preventative measure, travelers are required to carry one shovel and a bucket.
· Smoking will be prohibited, except in boats on the water and on sand and gravel bars between the river and the high water mark that are free of vegetation.
Additional fire restrictions will be put in place as fire season progresses, and will remain in effect through November 30, 2020, unless conditions allow them to be rescinded sooner. For more information about fire restrictions in the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River between Marial and Watson Creek, please call the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Supervisors Office (541-618-2200), the Grants Pass Interagency Office (541-471-6500), or the Smullin Visitor Center located at the Rand National Historic Site (541-479-3735). The full text of the Forest order will be posted, on the effective date, to the RRSNF Alerts and Notices webpage at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.