FIRE RESTRICTIONS: -Fire Season began June 7, 2017. Read about the restrictions.
MH1 and MH4 IFPL: -IFPL 1 as of June 7, 2017. Read about the restrictions.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fire Season begins in central Oregon for lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry

[Prineville, Ore.]  Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District (COD) is implementing fire season at 12:01 am on June 7, 2017.  Good winter snowpack delayed the on-set of fire season compared to recent years, however limited spring precipitation and seasonable temperatures have dried wildland fuels.  Adam Barnes, Prineville Assistant Unit Forester explains, “Following a relatively dry May we are seeing fires becoming resistant to control efforts and requiring additional resources to contain.”  Larger fuels are less susceptible to rain showers and will continue to dry with warmer temperatures, making it more difficult for firefighters to gain a handle on any new fire starts.


Abandoned campfires account for ~10% of all wildfires
 in 2016 in the Central Oregon District. All preventable.
Landowners are encouraged to check burn piles/areas which were burned earlier this spring or late last fall for any hold-over heat.  With implementation of fire season, burn permits issued earlier this spring may not be valid, check with your local ODF office before burning.  Industrial slash and debris burning will no longer be allowed on ODF protected lands.  In addition to these restrictions, logging and other industrial operations must meet requirements for fire prevention, such as fire tools, water supply, and watchman service when those operations are occurring on lands protected by ODF.  Recent changes to these requirements are available at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FirePrevention.aspx.  Contact your local stewardship forester for more information.

Recreationists are asked to put fire prevention into practice and be deliberate with your actions.  Make sure campfires are DEAD OUT!  Never leave a fire unattended.  Clear the area around your campfire, removing flammable material outside the campfire.  Fully extinguish cigarettes and properly dispose of them.  The public is also reminded that the use of tracer ammunition or exploding targets is illegal within the District during fire season.  As of January 1, 2017 sky lanterns and other luminaries are prohibited in Oregon.

In 2016 human caused fires accounted for 75% of the fires in the Central Oregon District.  Following fire season restrictions and prevention tips can reduce these ignitions and causing less damage to our natural resources including air, water, and soil.  For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet May 25 in LaGrande

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-910-4311
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473

SALEM, Ore.—The Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet Thursday, May 25.

Time:     9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Place:    Oregon Department of Forestry office, 611 20th Street, LaGrande.

Topics the committee will receive updates about and discuss include:
  • The department generally and related legislative work
  • The compliance audit report
  • The E-Notify subscriber project
  • The Eastern Oregon and Siskiyou streamside protection review
  • Industrial fire prevention rule revisions
  • The incentives program
  • Forest health
This is a public meeting, everyone is welcome. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

Regional Forest Practice committees are panels of citizens, mandated under Oregon law, that advise the Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practice committees serve the Eastern, Northwest and Southwest regions of the state. They were created by the Oregon Forest Practices Act in 1971. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practice committee members are private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/RFPC.aspx.

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The Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam, and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The department’s top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.

Monday, May 1, 2017

New Faces in ODF’s Central Oregon District

[Prineville, Ore.]  Retirements, transfers, and promotions within Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District (COD) over the last year created vacancies in Assistant Unit Forester(AUF) positions throughout the District.  These positions were filled with familiar faces from around COD.

In late November 2016 Braden Britt was hired as John Day North AUF.  Braden has worked in COD since 2009 as a seasonal wildland firefighter, including time on the ODF Helitack Crew and as a Forest Officer in the John Day Unit and a developmental assignment as a Forest Officer in The Dalles Unit.  In addition to Braden’s wildland fire experience he is a recent graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management with an emphasis in Wildand Fire Management.  Braden’s ties to forestry run deep, as his family still operates the logging business his grandfather started more than forty years ago.


Adam Barnes was selected in January to fill the Prineville AUF job.  Having grown up in Redmond, Adam started his career in Prineville, working as a seasonal firefighter and Forest Officer, before promoting to The Dalles Unit AUF in 2008.  Adam has been a Division Supervisor on ODF’s Incident Management Teams over the past several seasons.

In April Kiel Nairns began as The Dalles AUF Forester.  He started as a seasonal wildland firefighter in 2004, working in Fossil, Prineville, and The Dalles over the years.  Kiel has been the Permanent Forest Officer in The Dalles since 2010, is a Type 2 Wildland Fire Investigator, has taken on development opportunities as a Stewardship Forester in The Dalles and as an AUF in Fossil.  In 2009 Kiel earned a degree in Forest Resources Technology from Central Oregon Community College. 


The experience these three “new” Assistant Unit Foresters bring with them promises to make for a smooth transition looking toward the 2017 wildfire season in the Central Oregon District.  Their enthusiasm for their positions, varied skill sets, hard work ethic, and positive relationships with landowners have set the groundwork for success in their new roles.