“With the current and predicted weather, summer is here,” said Columbia Unit Protection Unit Forester Malcolm Hiatt. “We want to get out in front of the situation, since fire danger is increasing.” Many of our indices that determine fire danger are already at or above the levels that we were observing at the time of the Scoggins Creek Fire last year that started on September 19, 2014.
Entry into fire season chiefly addresses industrial forest operators. Logging operations, for example, are required to have a fire watch present after work activity ceases for the day, and fire suppression equipment must be positioned on site.
But if the warm, dry weather continues, additional restrictions may be added on recreation and other activities.
The ODF districts entering fire season on Wednesday include: Astoria, Forest Grove, and Tillamook.
For more information on the restrictions imposed by the fire season declaration, contact the nearest Oregon Department of Forestry office. Contact information for the Astoria, Forest Grove and Tillamook district offices can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/offices.shtml.