FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Fire Season in effect as of June 1, 2018 @12:01 a.m.
MH1 and MH4 IFPL: - IFPL 1 as of June 1, 2018 @12:01 a.m.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Drying fuel conditions prompts fire season for Department of Forestry lands in Central Oregon District

[Prineville, Ore.] Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District (COD) will enter fire season at 12:01 am on June 1, 2018.  Fuel conditions and drier/warmer long term weather forecasts prompted the declaration.  “Across the District spring has brought limited rainfall and right now we are seeing fuel conditions drier than they were at this time last year,” states District Forester Mike Shaw.  “Last week’s rain was really localized, with very little soaking in due to how quickly it came down in many areas.”
With the implementation of fire season, 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.  In addition to fire season restrictions Industrial Fire Precaution Level 1 (IFPL) will be in effect for lands protected by ODF in Hood River and Wasco counties.  Details for fire season and IFPL requirements are available at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FirePrevention.aspx, or contact your local stewardship forester for more information.
Landowners and operators should check burn piles/areas which were burned earlier this spring or late last fall for any hold-over heat.  Open debris burning, including burn barrels will no longer be allowed on ODF protected lands in the Prineville and John Day Units.  Burn barrels are allowed by permit in The Dalles Unit (Hood River and Wasco County lands), however open burning such as yard debris is prohibited.   
Campfires are allowed, however please never leave a fire unattended, clear the area around the campfire including overhead, fully extinguish the fire using the drown, stir, drown method, and ensure the fire is DEAD OUT before leaving.  The use of tracer ammunition and exploding targets is prohibited during fire season.  Sky lanterns and other luminaries are prohibited at all times in Oregon.
In 2017 there were 114 fires in the District burning nearly 2,500 acres, well less than the ten year average of 11,600 acres. Seventy fires were human caused, up from the ten year average of 68.  Following fire season restrictions and prevention tips can reduce fire ignitions, 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. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee Meeting

[Sisters, Ore.]  The Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee will meet April 30, 2018 at 9 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in Sisters, Oregon.  Agenda items include an update on the Central Oregon District Boundary relocation process, review and edit of the preliminary forestland classification, and developing a timeline and process for public information meetings/public hearing for adoption of the final classification.  The meeting is open to any interested landowners and the public.
“Forestland classification” is the process used to determine lands inside a forest protection boundary which meet the definition of forestland (ORS 526.005(a)).  The process further delineates these “forestlands” into lands suitable for timber production or grazing/agricultural use.  Land use zoning and taxation are not used to determine forestland classification for this process.  Forestland inside the protection boundary is provided wildfire protection by the Oregon Department of Forestry through a Forest Patrol Assessment on landowner’s property tax statements.  For more information regarding forestland classification in ODF’s Central Oregon District visit www.odfcentraloregon.com.
The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to Gordon Foster at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in Prineville (541) 447-5658.

Committee Members:
Ed Keith, Deschutes County Forester—Committee Chair
Gordon Foster, Oregon Department of Forestry—Secretary
Jeremy Ast, Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department (OSFM)
Nicole Strong, OSU Extension Forester
Bill Swarts, Timber Representative
Matt Cyrus, Grazing Representative

Friday, April 6, 2018

2017 Central Oregon District Annual Report

The 2017 Central Oregon District Annual Report was presented to the District Budget Committee on April 6th during the annual budget meeting. 

This year's report includes highlights from the challenging fire season, work under the Good Neighbor Authority, and the work Stewardship Foresters are doing with private landowners in the District.

Also included in the report are some of the ways the District is working to improve efficiency and finding innovative ways to face the ever-changing demands of forestry and wildfire suppression. 

The District's commitment to safety was emphasized in 2017 by reconvening the District Safety Committee. Led by personnel from around the District the committee focused on engaging all employees, working to improve the "Safety Culture" and overall wellness of everyone.

As you read through the report you will notice that our personnel are our biggest asset.  This is emphasized by the number and length of "Service Awards" and the various leadership roles employees took on to improve service to landowners and support co-workers.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
         
          Pursuant to ORS 477.250, notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held to receive from any interested persons suggestions, advice, objections or remonstrance’s to the proposed budget for the Central Oregon Forest Protection District.  A hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 9:00 A.M., at the Oregon Department of Forestry – District Office, 3501 NE 3rd Street, Prineville, OR. Copies of the tentative budget may be inspected during normal working hours.  To ensure the broadest range of services to individuals with disabilities, persons with disabilities requiring special arrangements should contact 541-447-5658 at least two working days in advance.
                                                            OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
                                                            PETER DAUGHERTY, STATE FORESTER

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Boundary Change Public Hearing

Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon District is holding a Public Hearing to receive testimony regarding a proposed change to the existing District Boundary in Jefferson and Deschutes counties.  The Hearing will be held at 1pm on March 19, 2018 at Redmond City Hall (411 SW 9th Street, Redmond, Oregon.). 

Format of the hearing:
  • Brief overview of the proposed change
  • Public testimony

Written testimony must be received by 5:00 p.m., March 23, 2018. Submissions should be addressed to Tracy Wrolson, Hearing Officer, Oregon Department of Forestry, 3501 E. 3rd Street, (mail: PO Box 670) Prineville, Oregon 97754, sent via email to Tracy.Wrolson@oregon.gov or via fax to 541-447-1469.


If special materials, services or assistance is required, please contact Gordon Foster at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in Prineville at least 48 hours in advance, (541) 447-5658.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Seasonal Positions In Central Oregon District


Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon District has numerous seasonal positions open throughout the District.  These positions include helitack crew members, wildland fire dispatchers, part time office specialist/dispatcher, wildland firefighter, equipment operator, and forest officer.  If you are interested in any of these positions visit GovernmentJobs Page for details and the application process.  While many of these jobs are "open until filled" supervisors will soon be pulling lists of qualified applicants to begin the interview process.
  • The part-time seasonal dispatcher position located in The Dalles closes March 23.
The Central Oregon District covers a vast area.  Click here to see a map of office locations.  


Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon District is planning a Spring Luncheon in the Prineville-Sisters Unit for forest landowners and operators! Two days will be held to accommodate both sides of the unit: April 14th in Sisters and April 21st in Prineville. Both our Private Forests staff and Protection staff will give updates and share information about current topics. Staff will be available to conduct pre-season inspections on fire equipment and we will have OR OSHA Basic Wildland Fire Safety Training for those that need it. Please RSVP to Chase.D.DUNCAN@oregon.gov or call our office at (541) 447-5658.

Access the flyer here.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Public Hearing on revision to Oregon Department Forestry Central Oregon Forest Protection District Boundary

WHAT: The Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District will hold a public hearing on a proposed change to their Forest Protection District Boundary in Deschutes and Jefferson counties.
Jefferson County Boundary Relocation

WHEN: 1 p.m., Monday, March 19, 2018

WHERE: Redmond City Hall, 411 SW 9th Street, Redmond, Oregon.

WHY: Revising the Central Oregon Forest Protection District Boundary to more accurately reflect areas receiving wildland fire protection services from ODF.

WHO: The public is invited to attend and give testimony.  A report of the public testimony will be provided to the Board of Forestry to review and consider for approval prior to the proposed change.

MORE INFO: New lands proposed to be included in this portion of the boundary may be subject to a forest patrol assessment, which is collected through a landowner’s ad valorem tax statement in November.  Lands removed from the Central Oregon Forest Protection District will continue to receive wildland fire protection from rural fire departments with assistance from ODF through existing mutual aid agreements.

Written testimony must be received by 5:00 p.m., March 23, 2018. Submissions should be addressed to Tracy Wrolson, Hearing Officer, Oregon Department of Forestry, 3501 E. 3rd Street, (mail: PO Box 670) Prineville, Oregon 97754, sent via email to Tracy.Wrolson@oregon.gov or via fax to 541-447-1469.


Deschutes County Boundary Relocation
If special materials, services or assistance is required, please contact Gordon Foster at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in Prineville at least 48 hours in advance, (541) 447-5658.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Department of Forestry looks to relocate Central Oregon District boundary

[Prineville, Ore.]  The Oregon Department of Forestry is considering shifting the current Central Oregon District Boundary in Jefferson County near Lake Billy Chinook.  District managers have coordinated with partner agencies to review the existing boundary and developed the proposed boundary location based on risk of wildfire and existing fuel factors.  Relocation of the existing boundary will reduce the area of the current protection boundary and will match-up with landowners who are paying for wildfire protection through the Forest Patrol Assessment process. Much of the area being removed from the Protection District is in agricultural production.  Affected landowners will have the opportunity to talk with Central Oregon District personnel regarding the location of the boundary on February 28, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held at Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue, 11700 SW Graham Road, Culver, Oregon.
The boundary shift is intended to better align ODF wildfire protection where vegetation, fire history, and existing infrastructure pose a threat to forestland.  ODF will continue to provide mutual aid resources to its partners, including Lake Chinook Rural Fire Protection District, Crooked River Ranch, Jefferson County Rural Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management, and the US Forest Service.
A public hearing to provide testimony regarding the boundary change will be held at 1:00 p.m., March 19, 2018 at Redmond City Hall, 411 SW 9th Street, Redmond, Oregon.  This testimony will be reviewed prior to final changes being presented to the Oregon Board of Forestry for adoption.
The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to Gordon Foster, 541-447-5658.
Questions regarding the meeting can be directed to Gordon Foster, Prineville-Sisters Unit Forester, 541-447-5658