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OROVILLE — An Oroville business has come up with a partnership with the California State Parks that will help boost awareness of its new product, while helping financially support state campgrounds and better air quality.

CleanFlame has added Campfire Logs, which will be sold at state park stores before long. The logs are the same, but branded under different names because of the new summertime market.

The manufactured fire log produces less environmentally damaging chemicals than natural wood, said company CEO Kory Hamman.

CleanFlame also has pledged $300,000 from log sales over three years to state parks.

“We are pleased to partner with CleanFlame to generate revenue for our parks through the sale of their new campfire log,” wrote Brent Reed, deputy director of Partnerships and Consumer Strategies of California State Parks, in a press release. “They are a California-based company whose environmentally friendly product will add to the outdoor recreation experience and enjoyment at our 15,000 campsites.”

Under pressure from air quality districts, the state park system has been looking for a solution for smoky campfire rings, finding the CleanFlame log an option, Hamman explained.

During a pilot program last year with the state, CleanFlame distributed logs to 10 state campgrounds, which sold the logs through their concessions. The campgrounds realized better air quality, and signed a contract with CleanFlame.

CleanFlame logs are made from waxed cardboard boxes that carry fresh produce to stores. Boxes are chipped, dried and then molded into logs at the Oroville plant. The log generates 86 percent less creosote, 80 percent less carbon monoxide and 30 percent less particulate matter than natural wood, Hamman said, adding those levels were verified by a third-party tester.

Unlike competitors, the CleanFlame logs can be used for campfire cooking, Hamman said. But campers might not know that, so CleanFlame added the brand Campfire Log for the camping season.

The $300,000 donation to the state over three years was an afterthought, Hamman said.

“We know we need to save state parks in general, but our family grew up camping and being outdoors,” he said. “We felt comfortable with (the commitment) and that we could hit those goals.” The price of the logs is not rising to accommodate the financial contribution, Hamman said.

“Our company is growing dramatically,” he said.

What the state parks system will use the contribution for isn”t known at this time, Hamman said.

Originally in about 100 stores, there are more than 5,000 stores now carrying CleanFlame logs, he said.

Consumers can check on CleanFlame”s website — www.cleanflame.com — to see where Campfire Logs can be purchased. Many retailers already carry the CleanFlame logs. Established in 2002, the company employs about 45 in peak season, and about 30 in off season.

BACKGROUND: CleanFlame moved to Oroville in 2007, making clean-burning, heat-producing fire logs from waxed boxes used to deliver produce.

WHAT”S NEW: Worried about its smoky campfire rings, California State Parks has inked a contract with CleanFlame, allowing it to sell its Campfire Logs at state parks.

WHAT”S NEXT: The Oroville company is voluntarily sharing a portion of proceeds from the sale of Campfire Logs to the state, committing to $300,000 over the next three years.

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