2015 another severe fire season

A cool, wet winter and heavy snowpack delayed the start of fire season in much of western and northeastern Oregon. However, the onset of hotter, drier weather is quickly drying out forests and rangeland, making it easier for fires to start. More than half of ODF-protected lands are in districts that have declared the start of fire season this month. It's especially important as summer approaches to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.







Thursday, September 25, 2014

Central Ore. hunter info booths open next week

September 25, 2014                                       

Contact:
Chris Dayton
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
541-549-2731, cdayton@odf.state.or.us  

Hunter information booths will be open across central Oregon in early October to provide the public with current fire restriction information on open fires, driving off road, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more. Road closure information as well as map sales and coffee will also be available at most locations. 

Early fall is the most dynamic time of year for wildfire danger. Hot afternoons continue to dry out vegetation and colder nights alone do not provide adequate moisture recovery. Central Oregon has experienced an active wildfire season this summer. The message to hunters and recreationists is: Call ahead for the area you are visiting to find out the current fire use restrictions. They can quickly change and vary from place to place. Some restrictions may be lifted due to rain received. But many areas may still prohibit open fires and driving off of improved roads.

Fire restriction/fire use information can be found at the following locations:

 The Dalles:

                Memaloose Rest Area
                                Thursday, Oct. 2 – 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
                                Friday, Oct. 3 - 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

                Dodson Road
                                Thursday, Oct. 2 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
                                Friday, Oct. 3 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

La Pine:

                La Pine at “Rays”
                                Thursday, Oct. 2 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
                                Friday, Oct. 3 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Prineville:

                Prineville at “Rays”
                                Wednesday, Oct. 1 – 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
                                Thursday, Oct. 2 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
                                Friday, Oct. 3 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Highway 58:

                Milepost 71
Thursday, Oct. 2 – 10 a.m. to dark
Friday, Oct. 3 – 9 a.m. to dark      

The hunter booths are brought to you by the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative, the Klamath County Fire Prevention Cooperative and the Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Cooperative.


 

 

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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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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. There are about 30.4 million total acres of forest in Oregon.



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