Current situation

Rain will move across much of the region today, Oct. 5, diminishing over the weekend. Temperatures will remain below average. Winds will vary across the region as weather systems arrive and depart. The potential for large fire initiation over the region is minimal due to the wet and cool weather today and lingering through the weekend. Fire restrictions in different parts of the state began to be lowered last week based on the local fuel conditions. Check with your local district or forest protection association for restrictions on activities linked to fire starts or use ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

Friday, June 12, 2015

NW Oregon declares fire season June 16

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced today that all of its districts in the Northwest Oregon Fire Protection Association will enter wildfire season on Tuesday, June 16.

“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.

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National weather forecasters predictions that Oregon would see above average temperatures and below average rainfall in the summer of 2018 proved true. Almost all of Oregon was abnormally dry this summer, with a majority of the state in moderate to severe drought. Many areas posted record high temperatures or record strings of hot days. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.


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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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