Busy holiday week for camping in Oregon

Busy holiday week for camping in Oregon


by Keely Chalmers

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Posted on July 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 4 at 11:05 AM

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. - The Mount Hood National Forest is expecting a busy holiday at mountain campsites.

If you’re planning on camping over the Fourth of July holiday and have not yet reserved a campsite, forest officials say you should reserve one now.

And anyone heading up to Mount Hood should leave all fireworks, even the legal ones, at home. It is against the law to have fireworks in the national forest.

If you're caught with fireworks, you'll be fined $500.

“If anybody's caught with them they will be cited and the fireworks will be taken away from them,” explained Paul Norman, recreational program manager for the Mount Hood National Forest.

Even though the fire danger on Mount Hood is low right now due to all the recent rain, campers are still being asked to keep their campfires small and make sure those fires are completely out before they leave.

“Douse it and stir it and you can actually put your hand over it real close to the surface and if you feel any heat you should add more water and stir it some more,” explained Norman.

With the weather expected to warm up nicely by the fourth, campers may be tempted to head to the rivers.

But the forest service has a warning for those too.

“Rivers are high right now, so if you’re playing around on the edge of the river, especially with younger children, you need to really watch them,” said Norman.

But one thing campers should feel pretty confident about is all those towering trees.

The forest service has removed all the potentially hazardous ones.

“We have gone through all of our campgrounds and before opening we checked them and cut down a lot of trees in the campground,” said Norman.

So campers can celebrate the fourth firework free and safe.