Dry conditions mean no campfires in Umatilla forest

PENDLETON -- Chainsaws, firewood harvesting, open campfires, cooking fires and charcoal briquette fires are banned in the Umatilla National Forest, officials announced Friday.

The restrictions are because of an increased fire danger because of hot and dry weather conditions, said Chris Johnson, deputy fire staff officer.

Permissible sources for cooking or heat include pressurized gas barbecues, stoves and space-heating devices.

Smoking is only allowed within enclosed vehicles, buildings, developed recreation sites or when stopped in an area cleared of all flammable material.