Oregon Department of Forestry News Release
August 7, 2012
Media contact – Kevin Weeks, 503-945-7427
Continued warm, dry weather has prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to increase fire safety restrictions in the ODF West Oregon District, providing fire protection in many rural and forested areas of Polk, Lincoln, southern Yamhill and Benton Counties.
Effective Wednesday morning August 8, in areas of these counties under ODF fire protection:
1. Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles driving on improved roads.
2. 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.
3. Chainsaw use is prohibited.
4. Use of motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads.
5. Possession of basic firefighting equipment – one shovel and one gallon of water or a 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher -- is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways.
6. Use of fireworks is prohibited.
7. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.
The State Forester or an authorized representative may, in writing, approve a modification or waiver of these requirements. For additional information about fire conditions in the West Oregon District, you can contact a local ODF office near you—
At this time of year, fire conditions and public use regulations are subject to change on short notice. To obtain the most current information prior to going into the woods, contact the nearest Oregon Department of Forestry office. A list of the offices can be found at: www.oregon.gov/odf.