Current situation

Lightning mainly east of the Cascade crest is a concern through mid-week as it is a key source of new wildfire starts, often in remote and difficult terrain. Firefighters are still battling many large existing fires across Oregon, most of them started by earlier lightning storms.








Monday, August 17, 2015

NW Oregon steps up forest restrictions due to rising fire danger

August 17, 2015

Contact:
Kate Skinner
(503) 815-7001
Kate.j.skinner@oregon.gov

State and Federal land management agencies in NW Oregon are stepping up restrictions on recreational activities in the forest due to increasing wildfire danger. Effective Aug. 18, campfires will be prohibited in campgrounds, day-use areas and designated sites. This ban applies to the Clatsop and Tillamook State Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands.

Open fires are already banned outside of designated sites and campgrounds, including campfires, charcoal fire, cooking fires and warming fires. Use of wood-burning devices, used in conjunction with temporary dwellings, including tents and trailers, is prohibited. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

For more information call the Tillamook, Forest Grove or Astoria offices of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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Current wildfire info

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. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.



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The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.





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