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West Oregon District - Philomath

District Office Contact Information

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Oregon Department
of Forestry
West Oregon District
24533 Alsea Highway
Philomath, OR  97370
Phone: 541-929-3266
FAX: 541-929-5549
Office  Hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

West Oregon Dispatch Hours:

Monday-Sunday (7-days) during fire season

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

(541) 929-9154
Map and directions to the West Oregon District [PDF]
The West Oregon District has unit offices in Dallas and Toledo.

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West Oregon District Contact Information

 Mike Totey   District Forester  (541) 929-9151
 Ted Erdmann   Assistant District Forester  (541) 929-9152
 Allison Blair   Wildland Fire Supervisor  (541) 929-9156
 Bill Mahr  Stewardship Forester  (541) 929-9160
 Pat MacMeekin 
 Community Wildfire Forester 
 (541) 929-9165
 Chris Humcke   State Forests Supervisor  (541) 929-9169



 (541) 929-3266


West Oregon Fire Dispatch                                                                               (541) 929-9154
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District Overview

Agency Mission:   To serve the people of Oregon through the protection, management, and promotion of a healthy forest environment which will enhance Oregon’s livability and economy for today and tomorrow
The West Oregon District, which is comprised of three unit offices (Philomath, Dallas, and Toledo) is one of five districts and two other “work centers” within the Northwest Oregon Area.  There are a total of fourteen districts and three areas within the Oregon Department of Forestry.  All perform similar work.  The West Oregon District, covering Benton, Lincoln, Polk, and southwest Yamhill counties, provides forest fire and insect and disease prevention, detection and suppression on approximately 1.1 million acres of forestland and contributes to an integrated forest protection system on a statewide basis.  It provides for cooperative work to public and private landowners to supplement the fire protection system. The district provides for environmental protection on commercial forestland through the administration of the Forest Practices Act; administers assistance programs to private forest landowners; and intensively manages approximately 36,634 acres of State Forest Lands on behalf of the Board of Forestry and the Department of State Lands.
The activities of the Department have direct effects on the local residents, forest landowners, and natural resources.  These activities may have significant impacts on social and economic aspects of business and local communities.  The district accomplishes this work with a biennial budget of approximately seven million dollars and employment of 25 permanent and 20 seasonal employees

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Burn Permits

The district is currently IN Fire Season.   All burning is prohibited unless by permit.  Please call the office for smoke and burn information.

apply for
slash burning permits or submit burn plans, please contact ODF at (541) 929-3266


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Fire Information

The district entered fire season on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 0100.  Regulated use restrictions and closures have also been proclaimed for the West Oregon District effective 6/22/15.





Number 2

Effective: 1:00 a.m., PDT, June 22, 2015
By virtue of the authority vested in me under the provisions of ORS 477.535 to 477.550, I hereby proclaim a Regulated Closure to be in effect in the following subject area:
All lands protected by the West Oregon Forest Protection District and all forestland within one-eighth mile thereof.
Under this Regulated Closure, except as to the owner’s legal right of entry upon their land, entry to all forestland is unlawful unless entrants comply with the following restrictions:
·         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 at designated locations.  Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
·         Chain saw use is prohibited.
·         Use of motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads.
·         Possession of the following fire fighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one operational 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.
·         Use of fireworks is prohibited.
·         Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.
·         Mowing of dried and cured 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.
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, suspended, or terminated by an additional proclamation of the State Forester or an authorized representative.
Maps of the subject area may be viewed at the State Forester's Office, in Salem, Oregon, and at principal offices of the Forest Protection District.
Definitions of words and phrases used in this proclamation may be found in ORS 477.001, OAR 629-041-0005, and at:
Tom Fields, Fire Prevention Coordinator
            ODF Fire Protection Program
June 18, 2015
Name                                                       Landowner
Salmonberry Park                                Benton Co.
Alsea Falls                                             BLM


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Woodcutting Permits / Special Forest Product Permits

There are no firewood permits currently available for the West Oregon District.  The fall firewood cutting list will open on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 8:00.  Please call 541-929-3266 at that time to place your name on the list.  You must speak directly to an employee in order to get your name on the list.  Names left in a message on the office phone cannot be added to the list.  Permits will begin to be issued in late October or early November 2016, after the district is out of fire season.  Please call (541) 929-3266 if you have additional questions about firewood cutting permits.
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