FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Fire Season in effect as of June 10, 2019
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Regulated Closure in effect as of June 29, 2019
MH1 and MH4 IFPL: - IFPL 2 as of July 22, 2019

Friday, July 19, 2019

Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2 for MH-1 and MH-4

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. July 22, 2019 Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon District will increase the Industrial Fire Precaution Level to Level 2 for ODF protected lands in The Dalles Unit.  The lands are within Regulated Use Areas MH-1 and MH-4, located in Hood River and Wasco counties, as depicted on the map.

Under Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2, the use of fire or power-driven machinery in any operation area is unlawful unless such use is in compliance with the following:

Limited Shutdown: The following activities are not permitted between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except as noted:

1. Power saws, except power saws may operate at loading sites;
2. Feller-bunchers with rotary head saws;
3. Cable yarding
4. Blasting
5. Welding, cutting, or grinding of metal

The State Forester or an authorized representative may, in writing, approve a modification or waiver of these requirements.

These restrictions shall remain in effect until replaced or terminated by an additional Closedown Order of the State Forester or an authorized representative.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Department of Forestry Declares Regulated Use Closure for Central Oregon District

[Prineville, Ore.] Regulated Use closure has been declared for Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday June 29, 2019.  The closure is intended to reduce wildfires related to high risk activities as wildland fuels dry out.  Lands included in this closure include private, municipal and state owned lands protected by the Central Oregon District, in the following counties:  Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Grant, Wheeler, Morrow, Gilliam, Hood River, Lake, Harney, Umatilla, and Wasco.
Activities below are restricted by this closure.  Additional restrictions and the full proclamation can be accessed at
·        Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on federal and state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one operational 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher, except all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles which must be equipped with an approved spark arrestor in good working condition.
·        Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.
·        Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in designated areas.
·        Chainsaw use is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one operational 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher.  In addition, a fire watch is required at least one hour following the use of each saw.
·        Mowing of dried grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
·        Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads and except for vehicle use by a landowner and employees of the landowner upon their own land while conducting activities associated with their livelihood.
·        The use of fireworks and blasting is prohibited.
Beginning July 1, 2019 open burning including burn barrels in Hood River and Wasco counties will be prohibited with the burn ban going into effect. 
The public is also reminded that the use of tracer ammunition or exploding targets is illegal within the District during fire season.  Sky lanterns and other luminaries are prohibited in Oregon.
For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit

1620 Road Fire Update

[Parkdale, Ore.]  Today firefighters on the 80 acre 1620 Road Fire continued efforts mopping-up adjacent to the fireline.  Securing this perimeter ensures that fire will not move outside the line.  The fire is 100% contained, with 95% control. The fire burned primarily within a young timber stand with old logging slash.  There were no structures threatened or destroyed and no injuries were reported on the fire.
Saturday evening the fire was transitioned back to the local unit to continue work mopping-up the interior of the fire.  Firefighters will be gridding for areas of heat working through unburned fuels and removing fire hose and equipment from the fireline.  This work will continue through the beginning of next week.  Once complete the fire will continue to be monitored.  Resources on the fire include contract hand crews and a tender as well as contract and ODF fire engines.
Cooperators who assisted on this fire include a Type 3 organization from Central Oregon Fire Management Service, firefighting resources from Parkdale Fire Department, USFS Mt. Hood National Forest, USFS Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, other ODF Fire Districts, various contractors, and Oregon Department of Corrections.
For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit