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Northwestern Oregon increases fire restrictions July 23
Contact:
Dave Horning, Astoria District, 503-325-5451
Malcolm Hiatt, Forest Grove District, 503-359-7450
Eddy Wallmark, Tillamook District, 503-815-7050 
    
Due to the growing wildfire hazard, Oregon Department of Forestry’s Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District increased fire safety restrictions in the forest on July 23.
 
The heightened restrictions, known as a “Regulated-Use Closure,” affect non-industrial activities in the forest, including:
 
1. Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in closed vehicles on improved roads.
2. Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Use of wood-burning devices, used in conjunction with temporary dwellings, including tents and trailers, is prohibited. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
3. Non-industrial use of chainsaws is prohibited, except as waived by the Oregon State Forester.
4. Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads and designated areas.
5. Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2-½ lb. or larger fire extinguisher.
6. Use of fireworks is prohibited.
7. Use of exploding targets is prohibited.
8. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.
 
The Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District includes the Astoria, Forest Grove and Tillamook districts.
 
For more information on the Regulated-Use Closure, call the nearest ODF office. Contact information for the various district offices is available at: www.oregon.gov/odf.