FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Fire Season in effect as of June 10, 2019
MH1 and MH4 IFPL: - IFPL 1 as of June 10, 2019

Monday, June 10, 2019

Fire Season Begins for ODF Protected Lands in Central Oregon


[Prineville, Ore.]  Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District will implement Fire Season Monday June 10, 2019 at 12:01 a.m.  The Central Oregon District includes approximately 2.3 million acres of private, state, and municipally owned forestland throughout central Oregon.  Fire Season declaration heightens awareness of increasing hazardous fuel conditions and fire growth potential in wildland fuels.  “Late May rain really helped reduce the fire risk in our fuels but the recent warming trend is quickly drying fuels again and with limited moisture in the forecast it is unlikely that the risk will drop again.” states Rob Pentzer, District Forester for Central Oregon. Fire season in the District typically starts early to mid-June based on current conditions and forecasted weather.  In 2018 June 1st marked the start of fire season.
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 Department of Forestry office for more information.
Campfires are currently still allowed, but should be DEAD OUT! and cool to the touch when you leave.  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.
Year to date for 2019 there have been fourteen human caused fires burning more than fifteen acres within the District.  Nine of these fires are linked to escape debris burns.  Landowners who burned earlier this winter or spring should check their burn piles and verify there is no longer heat in the burned area.  Burn barrels are allowed by permit in The Dalles Unit (Wasco and Hood River counties) until 11:00 a.m. through June 30th.  However open burning is no longer permitted across the District.  
For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Bridge Drive Fire Update--Final


[La Pine, Ore.]  Today firefighters completed mop-up on the Bridge Drive Fire located in the Lazy River Sub-Division north of LaPine, Oregon.  The fire was reported at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8th burning in small Ponderosa Pine, brush and grass.  Warm temperatures, low humidity, and dry fuel conditions caused the fire to quickly grow within a few hours to 11.9 acres before firefighters were able to control the spread.  The cause of the fire was determined to be a backyard debris burn. 
Firefighters will continue to patrol the fire area over the weekend.  Oregon Department of Forestry was assisted by Deschutes National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Redmond Hot Shots, LaPine Rural Fire Department, Walker Range Fire Patrol, and numerous structural agencies from the area in the suppression and mop-up effort. 
The Deschutes County Sheriff implemented Level 3 evacuations for the area around the fire during initial attack.  One home was destroyed by the fire.  All evacuation levels have been lifted at this time. 
When burning always have fire tools and water present.  Consider no burn options such as chipping or off-site disposal when cleaning up yard debris or material from fuel reduction projects.  A landowner who is found to be negligent while burning may be held responsible for suppression costs as well as be subject to citations.  Open burning may be banned in some areas as weather warms and fire growth potential increases.  Check with your local fire department or Oregon Department of Forestry before conducting debris burning.  If you burned earlier this spring or winter check your burn area to make sure it is cool to the touch.  As weather warms burn piles can sometimes rekindle and ignite surrounding fuels.
May is Wildfire Awareness Month.  Take the time now to prepare you and your family for a wildfire.  These steps can include developing an evacuation plan, creating defensible space around your home, changing air filters within your home to help reduce smoke impacts, and finding ways to keep up to date with restrictions and prevention measures in your community. 
For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information, burn permit requests, and local Unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Bridge Drive Fire--Update


[La Pine, Ore.]  Mop-up continues today on the ~12 acres Bridge Drive Fire located north of La Pine in the Lazy River sub-division.  Firefighters are working within the perimeter to extinguish areas of heat and look for burning and smoldering material.  The fire is located with the urban interface with several homes inside the fire perimeter.  Overnight the firelines held and this morning mop-up is 20% complete.  One primary residence was destroyed by the fire yesterday afternoon.  Today’s resources include the Redmond Hot Shots, seven engines, a water tender, and several miscellaneous overhead.
The cause of the fire was determined to be a backyard debris burn.  Always have fire tools such as a shovel and water source on site while you are burning.  Clear the area around your fire to mineral soil before ignition.  If your fire gets out of control immediately report it to 911.   A landowner who is found to be negligent while burning may be held responsible for suppression costs as well as be subject to citations.
Predicted weather patterns for the next several days increase the risk of escaped debris burns.  Consider using a no burn option for disposing of yard debris or other vegetation, or wait until the weather is better for burning.  Some no burn options include chipping or transporting the material to a disposal site.  Open burning may be banned in some areas as this warm, dry weather passes through.  Check with your local fire department or Oregon Department of Forestry before conducting debris burning.
May is Wildfire Awareness Month.  Take the time now to prepare you and your family for a wildfire.  These steps can include developing an evacuation plan, creating defensible space around your home, changing air filters within your home to help reduce smoke impacts, and finding ways to keep up to date with restrictions and prevention measures in your community. 
For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information, burn permit requests, and local Unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Bridge Drive Fire


[La Pine, Ore.]  Firefighters were dispatched around 2:30 p.m. today to a wildfire burning just north of La Pine, on private land in the Lazy River Sub-division.  The fire burned through small timber, brush and grass.  Observed fire behavior included single tree and group tree torching as well as the fire spotting ahead, causing rapid fire growth.  The fire was caught early this evening, using dozers and roads as firelines.  Firefighters continue to work mopping-up areas of heat and flame inside the fireline to limit potential of fire moving outside the line or igniting unburned vegetation inside the perimeter.  The fire was mapped at 11.9 acres. 
Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and LaPine Rural Fire Department are in Unified Command of the fire.  Resources involved in the suppression effort included two structural task forces from Deschutes County, eight wildland fire engines from Deschutes National Forest, Walker Range Fire Patrol, and the Oregon Department of Forestry, Redmond Hot Shots, a hand crew from ODF, Air Attack, miscellaneous overhead, and structural resources from La Pine Rural Fire Department.  A dozer from Walker Range Fire Patrol was utilized for fireline construction. 
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office implemented Level 3 Evacuations (GO NOW) for areas near the fire as well as road closures for public safety.  These evacuations have since been reduced to Level 1 (BE READY).  One primary structure was destroyed by the fire.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The extended forecast for the remainder of the week through the weekend for central Oregon is for warming temperatures and reduced humidity.  These unseasonably warm, dry conditions increase the risk of fire growth at a more rapid rate than we have seen so far this spring.  Fires should never be left unattended, this includes burn barrels, debris burns, and campfires.  If you burned earlier this spring revisit the area and make sure the pile (or remnant) is cool to the touch.  Have fire tools such as a shovel, hose, or water bucket readily available near your fire.  Always fully extinguish any cigarettes and properly dispose of butts.  Use caution when welding or cutting metal, or mowing dried vegetation.  Following these guidelines significantly reduces the potential of accidental ignition or fire spread.  Open burning may be banned in some areas as this warm, dry weather passes through.  Check with your local fire department or Oregon Department of Forestry before conducting debris burning.
For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information, burn permit requests, and local Unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Notice of District Budget Hearing

                                                                           
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 Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 1:00 P.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

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Dalles Office Closed


Snow and inclement weather in the Columbia River Gorge has closed the Department of Forestry Office in The Dalles this afternoon.

For updates on closures for State Offices and buildings visit:

www.oregon.gov/das/Pages/buildingclosure.aspx




Friday, January 18, 2019

Forestland Classification Filed with Deschutes County Clerk


[Bend, Ore.]  The Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee adopted final classifications for forestland in Deschutes County on January 7, 2019. Prior to adoption the committee discussed the public hearing and public meetings held in December and reviewed the Hearings Officer Report.  Committee secretary Gordon Foster, Prineville-Sisters Unit Forester of the Oregon Department of Forestry, filed the written order with the Deschutes County Clerk’s Office January 17, 2019.  Included in this filing is a list of taxlots with associated Class 2(timber & grazing) and Class 3 (grazing) acreages.
As per Oregon Revised Statute 526.332 any landowner who is aggrieved by the classification may, within thirty days, appeal to the Deschutes County Circuit Court.  Notice of the appeal shall also be served on the secretary of the committee in care of Oregon Department of Forestry, 3501 NE 3rd Street / PO BOX 670, Prineville, OR 97754. 
The written order, finding of fact, and searchable list of taxlots can be found online at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.
Committee members have spent several years establishing the criteria for the classifications based on conditions such as site productivity, current stocking, species, natural features, climate, topography, extent of fire hazards and other physical, social and economic conditions.  Classification of forestland across the county was reviewed by the committee based on this criteria and the appropriate classification applied.  The applicable criteria and other information regarding forestland classification can be found on the Forestland Classification page on the Central Oregon District website (www.ODFcentraloregon.com).  Questions regarding forestland classification should be directed to Gordon Foster (541-447-5658).
Classification Committee Members:
Ed Keith, County Representative (committee chair)
Gordon Foster, ODF Representative (committee secretary)
Nicole Strong, OSU Extension Representative
Jeremy Ast, State Fire Marshall Representative
Bill Swarts, Timberland Representative
Matt Cyrus, Grazing land Representative
For additional information about forestland classification please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.


Searchable List of Taxlots and Classified Acres  (Use ctrl F in the PDF to access the search bar)

Written Order and Finding of Fact Filed With Deschutes County Clerk

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee Meeting


January 2, 2019
[Sisters, Ore.]  The Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee will be meeting Monday, January 7, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the Department of Forestry Office in Sisters (16721 Pine Tree Lane, Sisters, OR).  The committee will review public hearing and meeting information from December and final edits to the Deschutes County Forestland Classification.  Upon approval of the final classification the committee will review the documents required for certification with the Deschutes County Clerk.
Classification Committee Members:
Ed Keith, County Representative (committee chair)
Gordon Foster, ODF Representative (committee secretary)
Nicole Strong, OSU Extension Representative
Jeremy Ast, State Fire Marshall Representative
Bill Swarts, Timberland Representative
Matt Cyrus, Grazing land Representative
For additional information about forestland classification please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

The meeting is open to the public.  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.

Deschutes County Forestland Classification Public Hearing Information

The Public Hearing for the Deschutes County Forestland Classification was held December 3, 2018 in Bend, Oregon.  Audio for the hearing is available here.

The Hearing Officer's Report can be found here.


DESCHUTES COUNTY FORESTLAND CLASSIFICATION COMMITTEE
HEARING OFFICER’S REPORT

Date:        December 11, 2018

To:            Deshutes County Forestland Classification Committee

From:       Tracy Wrolson

Subject:   Hearing Officer’s Report on ORS 526.328(1) Public Hearing and Written Testimony

Hearing Date:     December 3, 2018

Hearing Location:   Deschutes County Services Building, Bend, Oregon

A public hearing called pursuant to ORS 526.328(1), relating to preliminary forestland classifications adopted by the Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee, was convened at 6:46 pm on Monday, December 3, 2018.  This hearing was to take testimony on work done by the Classification Committee in Crook County.

People attending the hearing were asked to sign registration forms and to indicate if they wanted to present oral comments to the Committee.  They were informed of the procedures for making oral comments and for submitting written comments.

Before receiving oral comments, I briefly summarized the purpose for the hearing, described the role and limitations of the Hearing Officer and the Classification Committee.  I also outlined requirements the Committee must adhere to when reviewing written comments submitted following the public hearing.  I indicated the opportunity to submit written comments would remain open until 5:00 pm on December 10, 2018.  In addition, it was noted that the proceedings of the public hearing were being recorded.

At the hearing, no names were entered on the public hearing testimony sign-in sheet.  Of the one individual in attendance, no oral comments were provided.  The complete audio of the public hearing is available at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Following the public hearing on December 3, 2018, the Committee received no written testimonies by the 5:00 pm deadline on December 10, 2018.


Tracy Wrolson
Hearing Officer


If you were unable to attend the pubic meetings, but would like to view the presentation materials they can be viewed at this link.