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Northwest Oregon enters wildfire season July 1
For immediate release - Local media distribution
June 30, 2008
Contact: Malcolm Hiatt, 503-359-7450, or
Andy White, 503-359-7496
The Oregon Department of Forestry announced today that its northwestern Oregon districts will enter wildfire season on July 1. Fire season imposes certain restrictions on activities in the forest. Logging operations, for example, are required to have a fire watch present after work activity ceases for the day, and fire suppression equipment must be positioned on site.
Backyard burning of yard waste and other debris is prohibited during fire season. Escaped debris burns rank as the most common type of human-caused wildfire in northwestern Oregon. Homeowners with yard waste such as tree prunings and grass clippings are encouraged to contact the nearest Oregon Department of Forestry office or local fire department to inquire about alternative methods of disposal.
The forest protection districts entering into fire season on July 1 include Forest Grove, Tillamook, and Astoria.
While the northwestern Oregon districts are typically the last in the state to enter fire season due to their cooler, wetter weather, they nevertheless have the greatest potential for destructive wildfires. The lush forest growth there constitutes a large fuel load that could burn with great intensity in the event of a fire.
About two-thirds of the wildfires that occur annually on the 15.8 million acres of forestland protected by the department statewide are caused by people. The department urges all Oregonians to exercise fire safety when recreating and working in the forest this summer.