Campfire restrictions start Friday

Federal land managers are instituting campfire restrictions around Central Oregon, starting Friday.

The Deschutes and Ochoco national forests, the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management and the Crooked River National Grassland plan to start a ban on open fires at 12:01 a.m. Friday except for campfires in fire rings at designated campgrounds.

The campgrounds where campfires will be allowed are:

• Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District: Crane Prairie, Cultus Lake, Elk Lake, Fall River, Fall River Guard Station, Gull Point, Lava Lake, Little Cultus Lake, Little Fawn, Little Fawn Group, Little Lava Lake, Mallard Marsh, North Twin, Point, Quinn Meadow Horse Camp, Quinn River, Rock Creek, Sheep Bridge, South, South Twin, West South, Big River Group, Bull Bend, Wyeth, Cinder Hill, East Lake, Little Crater, Newberry, Ogden Group, Paulina Lake, and Prairie.

• Sisters Ranger District: Allen Springs, Allingham, Blue Bay, Camp Sherman, Candle Creek, Cold Spring, Driftwood, Gorge, Graham Corral, Indian Ford, Jack Creek, Link Creek, Lower Bridge, Lower Canyon Creek, Perry South, Pine Rest, Pioneer Ford, Riverside, Scout Lake, Sheep Spring, Smiling River, South Shore, Suttle Lake, Three Creeks Lake, Three Creeks Meadow, Three Creeks Horse Camp, and Whispering Pine campgrounds.

• Crescent Ranger District: Contorta Flat, Contorta Point, Crescent Lake, Princess Creek, Simax Group, Spring, Sunset Cove, Trapper Creek, Whitefish Horse Camp and Windy Group Site campgrounds, as well as the Industrial Mushroom Camp.

• Lookout Mountain Ranger District: Antelope Flat Reservoir, Deep Creek, Ochoco Divide, Ochoco Forest, Walton Lake and Wildcat campgrounds.

• Paulina Ranger District: Sugar Creek and Wolf Creek campgrounds.

• Crooked River National Grassland: Skull Hollow and Haystack Reservoir campgrounds.

• Prineville BLM: Big Bend, Castle Rock, Still Water, Lone Pine, Palisades, Chimney Rock, Cobble Rock, Post Pile, and Poison Butte campgrounds.

The open fire ban does not apply to wilderness areas in the Deschutes National Forest but does apply to wilderness areas on the Ochoco National Forest and Prineville BLM, said Jean Nelson-Dean, spokeswoman for the Deschutes. The high elevation of the wilderness areas on the Deschutes allow for the exception.