Current situation

Fires in the Garner Complex in Josephine County have burned close to a 1,000 acres since Sunday. ODF Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the Complex to allow the Southwest Oregon District to focus on dozens of other lightning-sparked wildfires. While temperatures in many parts of Oregon won't be quite as hot today, conditions are drier than normal for this time of year. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 99% of Oregonians live in areas that are abnormally dry or in moderate drought, with southeast Oregon already in severe drought.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx





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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