Bulletin staff report

Beginning Wednesday, federal agencies will be lifting campfire restrictions across Central Oregon’s public lands.

Thanks to cooler nights and reduced fire activity across the region, the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland will lift fire restrictions after midnight on Tuesday, allowing visitors to use open fires, including charcoal fires, according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service.

Additionally, commercial and personal woodcutting, welding, cable yarding and blasting will be allowed between 8 p.m and 1 p.m. on certain federal lands, with a minimum of a one-hour fire watch following activity, according to the release.

Several individual sites, including Hosmer Lake, still have restrictions in place. Seasonal restrictions at BLM-administered sites along the Deschutes and Crooked rivers, as well as at Lake Billy Chinook, will remain in place until Oct. 15, according to the release.

Using explosive target material, such as Tannerite, explosives, and fireworks remains prohibited on all federal lands.

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