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Protection from Fire
Fire Danger Levels
 Clatsop State Forest
Public Use Restrictions  
Regulated Use Closure:
Regulated use closures do not effect where people can go but do effect what they can do.   Affected lands will often be marked with signs along with instructions and prevention reminders.  You should determine the specific restrictions that apply to your destination before traveling. The following restrictions are commonly put in place during a regulated use closure:
  1. Prohibition of smoking while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and at designated locations.  An "improved road" is a road that has been constructed for automobile use and is maintained clear of flammable debris.
  2. Open fires such as campfires, charcoal fires, and cooking fires are allowed only in designated locations.  Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
  3. Restrictions or prohibition of  non-industrial use of chainsaws.  This includes private woodcutting.  An axe, shovel, and fire extinguisher of at least 8 oz. capacity must be kept with each saw. 
  4. The use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, may be prohibited, except on improved roads.
  5. Possessing the following fire equipment while traveling in timber, brush or grass areas may be required:  one axe at least 26 inches in length, with a head weighing at least 2 pounds; one shovel at least 26 inches in length, with a blade at least 8 inches wide; and one gallon of water or one fully charged and an operational 2.5 lb or larger fire extinguisher.
  6. Prohibition on the use of fireworks.
  7. Prohibition on the cutting, grinding and welding of metal in dry, grassy or forested areas between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Permit Closure:
When fire danger increases, a permit closure may be announced.  Permit closures require people, including landowners, to obtain permits before entering designated forest lands.

Absolute Closure:
This closure prohibits all use of forested areas within a designated area.  All forms of travel and all recreational activities are prohibited during an absolute closure.

Fire Danger
Fire Danger Levels 

Industrial Fire Protection Levels (IFPL) 

I. Closed Season
Fire season requirements are in effect. In addition to other fire prevention measures, a Fire Watch is required at this and all higher levels unless otherwise waived.  

II. Partial Hootowl
The following may operate only between the hours of 8 P.M. and 1 P.M.
  •  power saws except at loading sites
  •  cable yarding
  •  blasting
  •  welding or cutting of metal

III. Partial Shutdown
The following are prohibited except as indicated:
  •  cable yarding - except that gravity operated logging systems employing non-motorized carriages may operate between 8 P.M. and 1 P.M. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground except the line between the carriage and the chokers
  •  power saws - except power saws may be used at loading sites and on tractor/skidder operations between the hours of 8 P.M. and 1 P.M.
In addition, the following are permitted to operate between the hours of 8 P.M. and 1 P.M.:
  •  tractor/skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fireline are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start
  •  mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material
  •  blasting
  •  welding or cutting of metal
  •  any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned

IV. General Shutdown
All operations are prohibited.
NOTE: Where hauling involves transit through more than one shutdown/regulated use area, the precaution level at the woods loading site shall govern the level of haul restriction, unless otherwise prohibited by other than the industrial precaution level system. 
NOTE: The IFPL system does not apply on lands protected by ODF east of the summit of the Cascades. 
The following definitions shall apply to these industrial fire precaution levels: 
Loading sites: A place where any product or material (including, but not limited to logs, firewood, slash, soil, rock, poles, etc.) is placed in or upon a truck or other vehicle.
Cable yarding system: A yarding system employing cables, and winches in a fixed position.
Low hazard area: Any area where the responsible agency representative (WDNR, ODF, USFS, BIA, BLM) determines the combination of the elements reduces the probability of a fire starting and/or spreading.
Closed season (Fire precautionary period): that season of the year when a fire hazard exists as declared by the responsible agency official.

Waivers, written in advance, may be used for any and all activities Activities for which waivers may be issued include, but are not limited to: 
  •  mechanized loading and hauling
  •  road maintenance such as sprinkling, graveling, grading and paving
  •  cable yarding using gravity systems or suspended lines and blocks, or other yarding systems where extra prevention measures will significantly reduce the risk of fire
  •  power saws at loading sites or in felling and bucking where extra prevention measures will significantly reduce the risk of fire
  •  maintenance of equipment (other than metal cutting and welding) or improvements such as structures, fences and powerlines

Burn Permits and Regulations
Contact Information for Local Fire Departments

Lenard Hansen
Cannon Beach**
Cleve Rooper
Mike Wammack
Hans Mulder
Bill Eddy
Bill Boone
John Day
Grant Foreman
Paul Olheiser
Lewis & Clark
Ian O’Connor
David Crawford
Ty Williams
Ron Tyson
Joe Dotson
Ted Ames
Jim Nielsen

Open Pile Burning

  There is no open pile burning from July 1st to October 15th.

Burn Permits

  Outside of Fire Season
Open burning and Burn Barrels do not require a permit unless open burning is the result of an active logging operation. In that case you will need to contact the Astoria District Office and speak to a Stewardship Forester to obtain a burning permit.
Before burning please contact your local Fire Department for restrictions and information.
During Fire Season
Burn Barrel permits are required when Fire Season is declared. Under normal conditions this occurs around the first week of July, but fire season has been known to start as early as May. A key that Clatsop County is in fire season when driving around is the fire danger signs placed throughout the county at the following locations: (OK Tire miles crossing, Oregon Department of Forestry Hwy 202, Jewell Wildlife Refuge Hwy 202, Klootchie Creek Hwy 26, Knappa Fire Department Hwy 30, Big Creek Mainline Knappa).
Burn Barrel permits is free to the public and can be obtained by calling the Oregon Department of Forestry Astoria District.
Steps to obtain a Burn Barrel Permit
  1. Click the link to Home Incinerator Tips. Take the time to make sure your burn barrel meets the minimum requirements. Before being issued a burn barrel permit a Forest Officer will conduct an on site inspection based on the minimum requirements.
  2. Call the Oregon Department of Forestry to request a Burn Barrel Permit (503) 325-5451. The dispatcher will ask for the following information:
  • Name, Phone, Address,
  • Best time for inspection
  • Directions
  • Any distinguishing features that would help the Forest Officer identify your home.
During the first 4 weeks of Fire Season the Forest Officers spend their time issuing over 400 burn barrel permits. Many times this process is delayed by local district and state wide fires. Please be patient and feel free to call the Astoria District Office to check on the status of your burn permit request. The dispatcher will be able to update you on the status of your permit and we will try to meet your request as soon as possible.

Burn Barrel Requirements

Burning Permits May Be Required!  See Information Below: 
General Rules for Safe Burning:
  • Call Oregon Department of Forestry to make an appointment (see contact information below).
  • A Fire Warden will inspect the burn area and issue a permit.
  • Consider composting, chipping, or hauling debris to a landfill.
  • Follow all instructions on the burn permit form.
  • Burn barrels may be prohibited during high fire danger.
 Incinerator Tips
Incinerator Tips

History of Debris Related Fires


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Seasonal Employment

We are pleased that you are interested in seasonal employment with the Oregon Department of Forestry. This information will assist you in making an application by listing job descriptions, salaries and requirements for a variety of seasonal positions.
Some of our seasonal positions include duties that require the possession of a commercial driver’s license. If so, pursuant to the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 and regulations established by the Federal Highway Administration, you will be required to pass a pre-employment controlled substance test as a condition of hire. If you pass this test and are hired, you will also be subject to random, reasonable suspicion, post accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up alcohol/controlled substance testing.
Additionally, as a condition of hire, you will be required to pass what is commonly referred to as the "Pack Test."  The "Pack Test" is a valid, job-related test that measures an individual´s capacity for arduous work. The test consists of performing a 3-mile hike over level terrain in 45 minutes while carrying a 45-pound backpack. Prior to an interview, applicants are strongly encouraged to train for arduous level work capacity. You should begin training 4 to 6 weeks before you expect to take the test. Begin training for the test by walking three miles without a pack. Once this distance can be covered in 45 minutes, gradually begin carrying some weight. Continue to increase the weight until you can meet the requirements of the test within the allotted time. Prior to training for the "Pack Test," you should consult your physician if you have been inactive; have a history of heart problems; experience chest pain or loss of balance; or have a joint problem that could be made worse by a change in physical activity.
We appreciate your interest in seasonal employment with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Application Procedure

District Offices, which may have seasonal openings, are in the following locations:
Astoria La Grande Sweet Home
Central Point Lakeview Springfield
Columbia City Lyons The Dalles
Dallas Molalla Tillamook
Forest Grove Pendleton Toledo
Grants Pass Philomath Veneta
John Day Prineville Wallowa
Klamath Falls
After determining the position and location you prefer, contact the Department of Forestry office in that location to see when and how these positions are being filled. All seasonal applications MUST be submitted to deach district office in each area you are willing to work.  Applications will be accepted in most areas from January 1 to March 31, but check with your local Department of Forestry office for a recommendation on the best time to submit your application as deadlines vary.

Seasonal Positions for the Astoria District

Astoria District Seasonal Employment Opportunities
ForestOfficer ($11.63-$15.77)
A Forest Officer is responsible for enforcement of Oregon Forest Laws and for administrating local fire prevention programs. This position participates in training and leads crews in wildland fire suppression, presuppression, and fire prevention.
Forest Officer
You must:
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Have six months of wildland fire fighting
To Apply:
  • Mail a completed PD 100 form and other required documentation to the Department of Forestry:
          Department of Forestry
          2600 State Street
          Salem, OR 97310
          Fax (503) 945-7404
Laborer 1 ($9.52-$12.67)
A Laborer 1 performs a wide variety of unskilled labor intensive tasks, generally as a member of a crew. Duties may include driving small or medium size engines
Laborer 1
You must:
  • 18 years of age.
  • have a valid driver’s license
To Apply:
  • Mail a completed PD 100 form and other required documentation to the Department of Forestry:
         Department of Forestry
         Astoria District
         972219 Hwy 202
         Astoria, OR 97103
Student Worker ($8.96-$11.63)
The STUDENT WORKER (LABOR/TRADES/SERVICE) assists or supplements a permanent trained work force by learning and performing unskilled or semiskilled, manual laboring tasks. These tasks require sustained physical effort and the use of hand tools and/or equipment. Employees in this class require limited or no knowledge of agency operations and typically work in a labor, maintenance, or trades occupation.
Student Worker
You must:
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have a valid driver’s license
To Apply:
  • Mail a completed PD 100 form and other required documentation to the Department of Forestry:
         Department of Forestry
         Astoria District
         972219 Hwy 202
         Astoria, OR 97103

Directory of Forestry Offices

Eastern Oregon Area  Northwest Oregon Area  Southern Oregon Area 
Northeast Oregon District
611 20th Street
LaGrande OR 97850
 Pendleton Unit
1055 Airport Rd
Pendleton OR 97801
 Wallowa Unit
802 W Hwy 82
Wallowa OR 97885
 Central Oregon District
3501 E. 3rd Street
Prineville OR 97754
  John Day Unit
PO Box 546
John Day OR 97845
  The Dalles Unit
3701 W 13th
The Dalles OR 97058
 Klamath-Lake District
3200 DeLap Road
Klamath Falls OR 97601
  Lakeview Unit
2290 North 4th Street
Lakeview OR 97630
   Forest Grove District
801 Gales Creek Road
Forest Grove OR 97116-1199
   Columbia Unit
405 E Street
Columbia City OR 97018
    Tillamook District
4907 E Third Street
Tillamook OR 97141-2999
   Astoria District
92219 Highway 202
Astoria OR 97103
 Clackamas-Marion District
14995 S Hwy 211
Molalla OR 97038
  Santiam Unit
22965 North Fork Rd SE
Lyons OR 97358
  West Oregon District
24533 Alsea Hwy
Philomath OR 97370
  Dallas Unit
825 Oak Villa Rd
Dallas OR 97338
  Toledo Unit
763 NW Forestry Rd
Toledo OR 97391
Southwest Oregon District
5286 Table Rock Road
Central Point OR 97502
Grants Pass Unit
5375 Monument Drive
Grants Pass OR 97526
 Western Lane District
PO Box 157
Veneta OR 97487-0157
 Eastern Lane District
3150 Main Street
Springfield OR 97478
 Linn District
4690 Highway 20
Sweet Home OR 97386

Local Fire and Training Photos
Local Fire and Training Photos

S-271 training, United States Coast Guard, Astoria, 2005
S-271, USCG Helicopter, Astoria 
Click here to view a photo gallery of training and actual forest fire photos. Fire fighters at the Emarald Heights fire
Fighters on the fireline at  the Emerald Heights Fire

Fire Prevention & Education
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Astoria District Prevention Photos

   Sand Sculptures, Cannon Beach, OR     Smokey chats with Nikki and Austin

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