Fire Prevention Order


“It is a well-known fact that your run-of-the-mill imbecile can casually flick a soggy cigar butt out of a car window and burn down half a national forest.” — Patrick McManus, A Fine and Pleasant Misery

Pursuant to 50 CFR 27.95, the following acts are prohibited on lands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the Cold Springs, Columbia, Conboy Lake, McKay Creek, McNary, Toppenish and Umatilla National Wildlife Refuges and the Hanford Reach National Monument. This order is in effect until rescinded by the Mid-Columbia River Fire Zone, or 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2021, whichever comes soonest.

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using fire, including campfires, warming fires, and cooking fires, including both charcoal briquette and gas stoves.

  2. Smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle.

  3. Tossing burning material, such as a cigarette, any place it may start a fire.

  4. Operating a motorcycle, ATV, or other type of small engine without an approved and working spark arrester.

  5. Lighting fireworks, including sparklers and “smoke bombs.”

Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000, imprisonment of not more than 6 months, or both.

This order becomes effective at 12:01 AM on June 5, 2021.