FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Fire Season in effect
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Regulated Closure not in effect
IFPL Map MH1 IFPL: - IFPL 1 in effect MH4 IFPL: - IFPL 1 in effect
ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIAL FIRE PRECAUTIONS: - Not in effect

Friday, May 28, 2021

 Fire Season in Effect for All of Central Oregon District as John Day Unit Implements Fire Season

[Prineville, Ore.]  Beginning June 1, 2021 the John Day Unit will join The Dalles and Prineville units of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District in implementing fire season. Cooler temperatures and precipitation over the last few weeks has been a welcome reprieve from the rising fire danger observed this spring.  However, warm temperatures and windy conditions in the forecast will quickly dry wildland fuels bringing the return of unseasonably high wildfire danger across the area. 

Human caused fires for 2021 within ODF’s Central Oregon District are more than double the ten-year-average for fire starts year-to-date.  Thirty-one fires have burned 243 acres of ODF protected lands already this year.  On average the District responds to 136 fires each year; 66 lightning starts and 70 human ignitions.      

Fire Season Regulations

The following acts are prohibited during fire season in accordance with ORS 477.510 and ORS 477.512:

·        Smoking while working in or traveling through any operation area.

·        The use of fuse and caps for blasting, unless approval is granted by the forester.

·        The discharge of an exploding target inside the district or within one-eighth mile of the district.

·        The discharge of tracer ammunition on land that is within the district or within one-eighth mile of the district, or when discharged, crosses above land that is within the district or within one-eighth mile of the district.

Operators should refer to www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/Documents/fire-season-requirements-for-industrial-operations.pdf for information specific to industrial operations during fire season, or call their local ODF Office.

John Day Unit—Grant, Wheeler, Morrow, Harney, & Gilliam Counties (541)575-1139

·        Burning of logging slash and larger debris piles is not currently allowed in the John Day Unit. 

·        Burning yard debris and burn barrels is no longer permitted on lands protected by ODF.

Prineville Unit-Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes Counties (541)447-5658

·        Burning of logging slash is not allowed at this time. 

·        Contact the local fire departments to obtain burn permits for burning yard debris where allowed. 

The Dalles Unit-Wasco and Hood River Counties (541)296-4626

·        IFPL 1 in effect for MH-1(east of Hwy 35 in Hood River and Wasco counties) and MH-4 (west of Hwy 35 in Hood River County)

·        Burn ban in effect for Hood River and Wasco counties begins June 1, 2021.

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

 Date: May 20, 2021
News Release – For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Dodd, ODF, 541-296-4626


Hood River-Wasco Counties Forestland Classification Committee

-Public Meeting-


The Hood River-Wasco Counties Forestland Classification Committee has called a public meeting at the following time and location.


DATE: Thursday May 27, 2021
TIME: 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.  
LOCATION: VIRTUAL MEETING
The public is welcome to attend via Zoom videoconference at the following:
https://odf.zoom.us/j/92689787333


                        Phone # if computer audio is not working:
        1-253-215-8782 or 1-669-900-6833
                        Meeting ID: 926 8978 7333

The purpose of this meeting is to continue review and update of the Hood River-Wasco counties Forestland Classification.  This review determines lands that may be classified as “Forestland” (ORS 477.001(9)) which determines what lands are protected from wildfire by the Oregon Department of Forestry.


Kristin Dodd
Forestland Classification Committee Secretary

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Image from Middle Mountain Detection Camera
 

Middle Mountain Fire Cause Suspicious

[The Dalles, Ore.]  Monday afternoon a fire was spotted by Central Oregon District’s detection camera operator on Middle Mountain south of Hood River.  The fire burned nearly an acre of older logging slash on Hood River County ownership.  The fire is human caused and under investigation.  Anyone with information which may help investigators find the person responsible for the fire is asked to call the Oregon State Police Tip Line, 1-800-452-7888.

Human caused fires continue to be a concern for firefighters in The Dalles Unit of the Oregon Department of Forestry.  This week’s cooler temperatures have been accompanied by strong winds and will provide only a slight reprieve to the unseasonably dry conditions as warmer temperatures return this weekend.   Implementation of fire season on May 15, 2021 was intended to restrict activities which have increased
risk of igniting a wildfire.  Year-to-date The Dalles Unit has had eight fires, twice the ten-year average, burning nearly nine acres.

Fire Season Regulations

The following acts are prohibited during fire season in accordance with ORS 477.510 and ORS 477.512:

·        Smoking while working in or traveling through any operation area.

·        The use of fuse and caps for blasting, unless approval is granted by the forester.

·        The discharge of an exploding target inside the district or within one-eighth mile of the district.

·        The discharge of tracer ammunition on land that is within the district or within one-eighth mile of the district, or when discharged, crosses above land that is within the district or within one-eighth mile of the district.

Operators should refer to www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/Documents/fire-season-requirements-for-industrial-operations.pdf for information specific to industrial operations during fire season, or call their local ODF Office.

The Dalles Unit-Wasco and Hood River Counties (541)296-4626

In addition to the on-set of Fire Season in The Dalles Unit, MH-4 (west of Hwy 35 in Hood River County) and MH-1 (east of Hwy 35 in Hood River and Wasco counties) also moved into Industrial Fire Precaution Level 1, as of May 15, 2021.  Included in these restrictions is the use of fire or power-driven machinery in any forest operation unless in compliance with all fire prevention requirements (ORS Chapter 477 and OAR Chapter 629 Divisions 41 to 43).  A one hour firewatch is required after all forest operations, unless waived.

Burn permits from ODF or your local fire department are required for burn barrels and burning yard debris material (ODF will not be issuing permits for debris burning after May 15th).  Always follow all recommendations on your burn permit.  Only burn materials approved by Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for outdoor burning.  A DEQ Fact Sheet to help determine what applies in your area, or who to call for more information can be found here:  www.oregon.gov/deq/FilterDocs/OpenBurnEng.pdf.  Beginning June 1, 2021 Hood River and Wasco counties will be implementing county wide burn bans to reduce the risk of wildfire from escaped debris burns.  While campfires are not included in this ban, please verify with the respective landowner that campfires are allowed on their land and always make sure the campfire is completely out before leaving. 

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

 

Fire Season Declared for Lands Protected by ODF in Portions of Central Oregon District


[Prineville, Ore.] Fire Season will begin for The Dalles and Prineville units of Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021.  Leadership within the District have been monitoring fuel conditions this spring, as well as reviewing snowpack, weather forecasts and drought impacts.  The limited precipitation across the region this spring has affected down woody fuel moisture content as well as the condition of live vegetation fuels and their susceptibility to fire ignition and spread.  Conditions in The Dalles and Prineville units are unseasonably dry and at an increased risk of fire spread.  New maximum daily fire indices are being recorded, indicative of the potential wildfire hazard.

Historically, this will be the earliest declaration of Fire Season in the District in more than forty years.  Typically weather and fuels in central Oregon begin to warm and dry in late May or early June, with Fire Season beginning in mid-June.  However the lack of spring rains this year and the rapid loss of snowpack in the higher elevations has moved this timeframe forward by several weeks.

Early season fires have created significant concern for firefighters this spring.  Twenty-two human caused fires have burned over 200 acres.  The ten-year-average for this timeframe is ten fires, burning thirty-two acres.  Escaped debris burning is the leading cause of these fires, accounting for more than half of these wildfires.

General Fire Season Regulations

The following acts are prohibited during fire season in accordance with ORS 477.510 and ORS 477.512:

             Smoking while working in or traveling through any operation area.

             The use of fuse and caps for blasting, unless approval is granted by the forester.

             The discharge of an exploding target inside the district or within one-eighth mile of the district.

             The discharge of tracer ammunition on land that is within the district or within one-eighth mile of the district, or when discharged, crosses above land that is within the district or within one-eighth mile of the district.

Operators should refer to https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/Documents/fire-season-requirements-for-industrial-operations.pdf  for information specific to industrial operations during fire season, or call their local ODF Office.

Information specific to ODF’s Central Oregon District by Unit.

The Dalles Unit-Wasco and Hood River Counties (541)296-4626

In addition to the on-set of Fire Season in The Dalles Unit, MH-4 (west of Hwy 35 in Hood River County) and MH-1 (east of Hwy 35 in Hood River and Wasco counties) will move into Industrial Fire Precaution Level 1.  Included in these restrictions is the use of fire or power-driven machinery in any forest operation unless in compliance with all fire prevention requirements (ORS Chapter 477 and OAR Chapter 629 Divisions 41 to 43).  A one hour firewatch is required after all forest operations, unless waived.

Burn permits from ODF or your local fire department are required for burn barrels and burning yard debris material (ODF will not be issuing permits for debris burning after May 15th).  Always follow all recommendations on your burn permit.  Only burn materials approved by Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for outdoor burning.  A DEQ Fact Sheet to help determine what applies in your area, or who to call for more information can be found here:  https://www.oregon.gov/deq/FilterDocs/OpenBurnEng.pdf.  Beginning June 1, 2021 Hood River and Wasco counties will be implementing county wide burn bans to reduce the risk of wildfire from escaped debris burns.  While campfires are not included in this ban, please verify with the respective landowner that campfires are allowed on their land and always make sure the campfire is completely out before leaving. 

“There is strong agreement between ODF and our local county and fire district partners to bump up the Burn Ban dates in alignment with the fuel conditions we are seeing and the number of fire responses that have occurred this spring to date.  Given the limited rainfall received during the winter/spring and the hot & dry conditions, this is the prudent thing to do.  We hope the public can support holding off on burning until the fall rains in order to minimize the number of human caused wildfires on the landscape,” states Kristin Dodd, The Dalles Unit Forester. 

John Day Unit—Grant, Wheeler, Morrow, Harney, & Gilliam Counties (541)575-1139

Fuel conditions in the John Day Unit are unseasonably dry, but do not yet necessitate the restrictions implemented with the Fire Season declaration.  

Burning of logging slash and larger debris piles is not currently allowed in the John Day Unit.  Burn barrels and smaller yard debris piles do not require a burn permit from the Department of Forestry, but may require a permit from the local fire department.  Remember to follow safe burning guidelines and never leave a fire unattended.

Prineville Unit-Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes Counties (541)447-5658

Fire Season restrictions are intended to reduce wildfires in the Prineville Unit and Sister’s Sub-Unit.  Burning of logging slash is not allowed at this time.  Contact the local fire departments to obtain burn permits for burning yard debris where allowed. 

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.