'I don't think anything can really replace a fire, but we do what we can'

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department banned all campfires and open flames from their properties on Thursday morning. (SBG)

In response to Governor Kate Brown's declaration of a fire emergency, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department banned all campfires and open flames from their properties on Thursday morning.

Park Ranger Trevor Rigmaiden said it's also due to dry conditions and a high fire risk. "We're just trying to do our part by restricting and limiting that potential hazard," he said.

Rigmaiden said these temporary bans happen every summer.

Rangers patrolling the areas must inform campers as the restrictions can change every week and vary from park to park.

"Most people are receptive and understand that we're trying to protect them and the natural resources around us," Rigmaiden said.

The fire ban includes wood, charcoal and any flammable material that can't be controlled with a valve.

Jeff Fan with Backcountry Gear in Eugene says battery, solar, or gas powered is the way to go for cooking and light.

"All of these gas options have valves that can contain the fire if anything goes crazy," Fan said. "I don't think anything can really replace a fire, but we do what we can."

Fines for illegal burning could cost you more than $100, but Rigmaiden says you'll first get a warning.

"We try to handle any enforcement activities at the lowest level possible."

You might not be roasting marshmallows over a campfire, but rangers say you'll be safe.

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