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NW, West Ore. to increase fire prevention restrictions 08-20
Contact: Ted Erdmann
541-929-9152, erdmann@odf.state.or.us
 
Warm, dry weather has prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to increase fire safety restrictions in the West Oregon and Northwest Oregon Forest Protection Districts beginning Saturday, Aug. 20.
 
ODF’s Ted Erdmann said the decision to institute the regulated-use closure in the region was based on the “continued drying of wildland fuels, and forecasted weather patterns calling for warmer and drier weather with no measurable precipitation in the foreseeable future.”
 
The stepped-up restrictions include the following:
 
1. Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles 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 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. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited. 

8. Use of exploding targets is prohibited (Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District only).
The State Forester or an authorized representative may, in writing, approve a modification or waiver of these requirements.
 
The ODF field districts encompassed by the regulated-use closure are: the Astoria, West Oregon, Forest Grove and Tillamook districts.
 
At this time of year, fire regulations are subject to change on short notice. To obtain the most current information prior to going afield, contact the nearest Oregon Department of Forestry office. A list of the offices can be found at: www.oregon.gov/odf.