Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

































Monday, August 6, 2012

Several western Oregon counties see increased fire restrictions



Recognizing the increasing fire danger in Oregon forests, several counties with private and state forestlands under ODF fire protection have, or within the next couple days will, increase public use restrictions through the Regulated Use Closure process.

Clackamas, Marion, Linn, eastern Lane and Douglas Counties all entered Regulated Use Closure fire safety restrictions on Saturday due to increase fire danger; The ODF Western Lane District will begin similar restrictions on Wednesday morning, August 8.

The ODF West Oregon District, providing fire protection in rural Polk, Lincoln and Benton Counties begins Regulated Use Closure on Wednesday also; the NW Oregon fire protection district – which covers much of the NW region of the state including the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests – begins Regulated Use on August 8 as well.

Regulated Use Closure safety restrictions vary from district to district, but precautions generally include restrictions on smoking outside of enclosed vehicles, prohibition of open fires and setting limits on when power driven equipment – including chainsaws – may be used in forested areas.

Complete information about Regulated Use Closure restrictions is available on the ODF web site:
www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevel.aspx

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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