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NW Oregon to enter wildfire season July 11
Andy White, 503-359-7496
Ty Williams, 503-325-5451
Dan Goody, 503-815-7001
The Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Northwest Oregon Fire Protection District will enter wildfire season on Monday, July 11. Entry into fire season imposes certain restrictions on work activities in the forest. Industrial operations are required to have firefighting equipment on site.
Wet, cool weather this spring delayed the onset of wildfire activity. But seasonal weather patterns have begun to take hold and forest vegetation is drying out rapidly. The added rainfall spurred heavy growth of grasses and brush, adding to the potential fuel bed, should a fire start.
The Northwest Oregon Fire Protection District includes the Astoria, Forest Grove and Tillamook districts.
For more information on the restrictions imposed by the fire season declaration, contact the nearest Oregon Department of Forestry office. Contact information for the Astoria, Forest Grove and Tillamook district offices can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/offices.shtml.
On the 16 million acres of forestland protected by the Department of Forestry, the 10-year average for the period Jan. 1 - July 8 is 293 wildfires burning a total of 1,071 acres. In a typical year, about two-thirds of the fires are caused by people and the remainder by lightning. Of the human-caused fires, fewer than half are caused by forest landowners and operators. Across all Oregon forest protection jurisdictions, about 2,600 wildfires burn roughly 239,000 acres on average annually.
Through July 7, 2011, three lightning-caused fires have burned three acres on lands protected by ODF. During that period, 87 human-caused fires burned about 43 acres.