EUGENE, Ore. -- Fliers were posted at trail heads all over the city last week to inform hikers that The City of Eugene has temporarily issued a ban of smoking on all trails within city limits.
The ban was instituted because of the hot, dry temperatures that caused the Forest Service to put the region at a high risk of forest fire.
It comes at a time when most of the state is under a red flag fire warning. The city feels that weather conditions make for a high risk of wildfires that could be sparked by hot ashes or smoldering cigarette butts.
Eugene's current code does not prohibit smoking in public parks and trails, however they reserve the right to expand the list of locations that restrict smoking.