2015 another severe fire season

By mid-October 2016, ODF's net expenditures on large wildfires stood at $13.2 million. The lack of dry lightning played a significant role in the moderate firefighting costs this season. In 2015, large-fire costs totaled $29.6 million.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rains prompt Forest Grove District to lower fire precaution levels

The Oregon Department of Forestry's Forest Grove District announced today it is lowering the Industrial Fire Precaution Level to "I: Closed Season." This reduces the fire safety precautions that forest operators must follow while logging or constructing roads in the forest during wildfire season. The two units affected by the change are NW-2 and NW-3. A map on the ODF website entitled, "ODF Industrial Precaution Levels and Public Use Restrictions/Closures," depicts the two units - http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/index.aspx

The two units were previously at Level II, which requires more fire prevention steps of forest operators. The recent weather change in the district that brought significant rainfall and cooler temperatures prompted the level change.

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The weather conditions setting up for this summer are ominous: continuing drought, meager winter snowpack, and above-average temperatures forecast through August.

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