Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Return from the Burn set for August 20-21 at Tillamook Forest Center

See it. Hear it. Feel it.

The “Return from the Burn” event at the Tillamook Forest Center on Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, commemorates the recovery – as a result of the largest reforestation effort ever undertaken – of the Tillamook State Forest from a series of catastrophic wildfires that began in 1933.

Throughout the upcoming weekend, there will be special guests and activities to help tell the story of the forest, during and before the fires. The celebration includes a children’s firefighter relay, crafts, a vintage 1930 Ford Model AA pumper truck, and a current wildland fire engine and crew, as well as displays on fire-resistant native plants, creating defensible space for homes in the forest, and historical information relating to the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Centennial anniversary. A bar-b-cue lunch will be available for purchase on both days and there will even be special appearances by Smokey Bear! You can view the full schedule of events on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s website at

The Tillamook Forest Center offers visitors the opportunity to explore the Tillamook State Forest, and to learn about its history and its many values in our lives. Outside, there are trails, a suspension bridge across the Wilson River, and a 40-foot tall fire lookout tower that offers a unique view of the area and the surrounding forest canopy. The state forest is managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry to produce timber revenue for counties, recreational opportunities, and wildlife habitat.

Earlier in April, the Tillamook Forest Center celebrated its fifth full year of operation. The Center’s anniversary comes during the Oregon Department of Forestry’s 100th year, which the agency is celebrating throughout 2011 with a variety of displays, exhibits, and activities that focus on the agency’s Centennial and history.

Admission to the Tillamook Forest Center is free, as are most of the Center’s programs and events. Donations to the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, which go to support Center operations, are welcome.

The Tillamook Forest Center is located near Milepost 22 on Highway 6 between Forest Grove and Tillamook. It is currently open daily, through Labor Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information about the Tillamook Forest Center, including programs and special events, is available by going to its website: or by calling the Center, toll-free, at 1-866-930-4646.


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Current wildfire info

Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.


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