State bans camp fires in parks, forestland as fire danger grows

Fire crews from Marion County, formed into Task Force 16, were relieved Saturday, July 17, from service on the Bootleg Fire. This photo from the scene is by Ryan Russell, Keizer Fire District division chief.

4 p.m. WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Additional details about campsites affected and potential fines for violating the ban.

SALEM – Because of high fire danger, those nights of sitting by a campfire and roasting marshmallows just disappeared – at least in Oregon state campgrounds in much of the state.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department announced Wednesday a ban on campfires of any kind in state campgrounds east of Interstate 5. The move hits some of the largest and most popular parks in Oregon - about 2,000 campsites in all.

At the same time, the Oregon Forestry Department imposed . . .