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Committee for Family Forestlands meets Sept. 22 - 09/15/21

SALEM, Ore. — The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet virtually Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. To join the virtual meeting, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda. To provide public comment at this virtual meeting, please contact Susan Muniz at 503-945-7502.

The committee’s agenda includes: 

  • Private Forest Division update
  • Fire season update
  • Landowner assistance updates
  • Work plan review & discussion
  • Partner updates

The meeting is open to the public to attend online via Zoom. Public comments will be accepted near the start of the meeting after approval of the minutes. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 72 hours before the meeting by contacting Susan Muniz at 503-945-7502.

The 13-member committee researches policies that affect family forests, natural resources and forestry benefits. Based on its findings, the committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and the State Forester. View more information on the CFF webpage.

Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meets virtually on September 17 - 09/10/21

SALEM, Ore – The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee will meet virtually via Zoom at 9:30 a.m. Friday, September 17. Items on the committee’s agenda include:

  • Draft Western Oregon State Forest Management Plan Goals
  • Presentation:  Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials
  • Planning timelines and continued engagement with county partners

This meeting is open to the public, and public comment is scheduled for the beginning of the meeting. The Zoom log-in is at https://odf.zoom.us/j/97468422594. The meeting agenda and materials will be posted on the department’s web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx.

The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF.

Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at 503-945-7200.

Gilchrist, Sun Pass state forests in Klamath County re-open to public use - 09/10/21

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Gilchrist and Sun Pass state forests in Klamath County have re-opened effective Friday, September 10 after a closure due to fire danger. 

Recent precipitation across the two state forests prompted the decision to re-open by local officials based on on-ground conditions. This covers approximately 98,000 acres of land managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry in Klamath County. Please note this action currently applies only to the Sun Pass and Gilchrist state forests. 

While these two state forests are now re-opened to public use, the area is still in extreme fire danger. Restrictions include:

  • No campfires
  • No smoking outside of designated locations
  • No off-road driving
  • All vehicles should have a shovel and water or a fire extinguisher

Note that all year long, fireworks, sky lanterns, tracer rounds and exploding targets are prohibited on state-managed forestland.

State Forests Advisory Committee meets September 16 via Zoom - 09/09/21

SALEM, Ore. – An Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) state forests advisory group will meet Thursday, September 16 virtually via Zoom to discuss recovery plans for the Shellburg Falls recreation area and ensuring safe public access after the 2020 Labor Day fires.

This forest project is being considered as the 2nd and final phase of the ODF North Cascades Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Operations Plan. Aspects of the proposed plan include resource protection measures, hazard mitigation and public safety, limited post-fire timber harvest, maintaining the area’s scenic value in a post-fire environment, and potential education and interpretation opportunities. This plan is being developed with the goal of meeting the state’s obligation to provide social, environmental and economic values to Oregonians.

The State Forests Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. via the Zoom virtual meeting platform at https://odf.zoom.us/j/99259150225. The meeting agenda will be posted at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SFAC.aspx.

A public comment opportunity will be provided at the beginning of the meeting. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7427.

SFAC’s role

The State Forests Advisory Committee (SFAC) includes citizens and representatives of timber, environmental and recreation groups. SFAC provides a forum to discuss issues, opportunities and concerns, and offer advice and guidance to ODF on the implementation of the Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan. The plan provides guidance for managing 616,000 acres within the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam State Forests, and several scattered state-owned forest tracts in Benton, Polk, Lincoln and Lane counties through a balanced approach to generate revenue while prioritizing environmental and social benefits.

Rules advisory committee on Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) boundary criteria meeting for September 7 has been canceled - 09/06/21

SALEM, Ore. - The Rules Advisory Committee on the Wildland-Urban Interface boundary criteria for Sept. 7 has been canceled. The meeting will be held on Sept. 16 with the Statewide Wildfire Risk Mapping Rules Advisory Committee (SWRM) at 10 a.m.

Please visit the RAC webpage and see the Zoom links for the meeting series. A post-meeting recording will be posted on the ODF YouTube channel. For special accommodations, please contact ODF Public Affairs at least 72 hours prior to the meeting at 503-945-7200 or by email at estryinformation@oregon.gov">forestryinformation@oregon.gov.

For more information, visit the ODF Proposed Rules and Laws page. To receive meeting reminders and agendas, sign up for administrative rule notices.

Rules advisory committee on Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) boundary criteria schedules meeting series starting September 7 via Zoom - 08/31/21

SALEM, Ore.—A series of meetings of a Rules Advisory Committee on the Wildland-Urban Interface boundary criteria have been scheduled. 

This series is a continuation of the four-meeting series of the advisory committee that recommended rules establishing the definition of the Wildland-Urban interface.

The first is set for Tuesday, September 7 from 10 a.m.–noon via Zoom. Additional meetings are scheduled every two weeks for September 21, October 5, October 17, November 2, November 16, November 30, December 14, December 28, January 11, January 25, February 8, and February 22—all from 10 a.m.–noon. All meetings will be held virtually until announced otherwise, and all meetings are open to the public.

To access the meeting, please visit https://www.oregon.gov/odf/board/pages/rac.aspx and see the Zoom links for the meeting series. A post-meeting recording will be posted on the ODF YouTube channel. For special accommodations, please contact ODF Public Affairs at least 72 hours prior to the meeting at 503-945-7200 or by email at estryinformation@oregon.gov">forestryinformation@oregon.gov.

For more information, visit the ODF Proposed Rules and Laws page at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/aboutodf/Pages/proposedlawsrules.aspx. To receive meeting reminders and agendas, sign up for administrative rule notices on the ODF website at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/aboutodf/Pages/email-updates.aspx.

Background: Senate Bill 762 was passed by the 2021 Legislature and signed by Governor Brown requiring the Oregon Department of Forestry to develop and maintain a comprehensive statewide map of wildfire risk that includes wildland-urban interface boundaries and fire risk classes by June 30, 2022 in collaboration with Oregon State University, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, other state agencies, local governments, tribes, other public bodies and additional information sources. It requires that the map be publicly accessible and for ODF to provide technical assistance as needed. 

Meeting Recording: A post meeting recording will be posted on the ODF YouTube channel and can be found at https://www.youtube.com/c/oregondepartmentofforestry.

Written comment or questions about any aspect of the implementation of Senate Bill 762 may be submitted by email at any time to 762.rulemaking@oregon.gov">sb762.rulemaking@oregon.gov. All Rulemaking Advisory Committee meetings have opportunity for public input. Meeting schedules and links to virtual meetings can be found on the ODF webpage for Senate Bill 762.

Wildland-urban interface definition process underway - 08/31/21

SALEM, Ore.—The process for defining the “wildland-urban interface” in Oregon continues to move forward following Board of Forestry approval of the proposed administrative rule during a special meeting on August 24. The board also directed the Department of Forestry to proceed with the public hearing process for this rule, which the department did when it filed a notice of proposed rulemaking with the Secretary of State’s Office on August 26. 

This proposed rule sets the definition of the wildland-urban interface (WUI) and provides the framework for the additional rulemaking needed to establish boundary criteria and create the statewide fire risk map required by Senate Bill 762.

The department received input on the proposed WUI definition from diverse stakeholders through a rulemaking advisory committee (RAC). 

The public can provide comment on the proposed rule during virtual public hearings planned for September 22–24. Written comment can be submitted to 762.rulemaking@oregon.gov">sb762.rulemaking@oregon.gov.

General comments or questions about any aspect of the implementation of Senate Bill 762 can be submitted by email at any time to 762.rulemaking@oregon.gov">sb762.rulemaking@oregon.gov. All RAC meetings have time set aside for public input. Meeting schedules and links to virtual meetings can be found on the ODF webpage for Senate Bill 762.

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Skyline Ridge Complex declared 100 percent contained (Photo) - 08/31/21

CANYONVILLE, Ore. - Fire officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Bureau of Land Management have declared the Skyline Ridge Complex 100% contained as of Monday, August 30th.  With full containment on the incident being reached, all 19 fires within the complex will be moved to a patrol status. DFPA crews will continue to monitor the fires for the remainder of fire season with both aviation and ground resources, in addition to utilizing fire detection cameras.

Smoke from the interior portions of the Poole Creek Fire may be visible until the fall rains return to the area. This smoke is being produced by smoldering materials and small pockets of previously unburned fuels within the interior portions of the fire. These smokes are being monitored by fire crews but pose little to no threat to containment lines.

The Skyline Ridge Complex consisted of 19 lightning caused fires that originated on August 1st in southern Douglas County. The complex of fires were located in the South Umpqua River and Upper Cow Creek areas, east on Interstate Five. Below are the final fire sizes for each incident.

Total fire size for the Skyline Ridge Complex:  5,760 acres

  • Poole Creek Fire:  5,291 acres
  • O’Shea Creek Fire:  200 acres
  • Ike Butte Fire:  118 acres
  • Sweat Creek Fire:  67 acres
  • Turkey Creek Fire:  31 acres
  • McGinnis Fire:  20 acres
  • Packard Creek Fire:  19 acres
  • Spring Fire:  7 acres
  • Hill Fire:  2 acres
  • The following fires each burned less than one acre:  Headwater Fire, Shively Overlook Fire, Galesville Overlook Fire, Galesville Boat Ramp Fire, Black Hawk Fire, Snow Creek Fire, Russel Creek Fire, Cedar Snow Fire, Cedar Springs Fire, and Upper Starveout Fire.

 

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Board of Forestry hosts virtual public meeting on Sept. 8 - 08/27/21

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet virtually at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8. The virtual format allows the public to view the meeting and participate statewide without having to travel or assemble indoors.

The board’s business agenda includes:

  • Wildland-urban interface and risk mapping rulemaking
  • Fire season update
  • Macias Gini & O’Connell LLP (MGO) report and department implementation plan update
  • Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee testimony
  • Informational board workshop on the draft Climate Change Carbon Plan

View the agenda and board meeting details. The meeting will be livestreamed on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s YouTube channel.

Live testimony will be available under the general comment (agenda item 1) and board workshop public comment topics listed on the agenda. Sign-up is required, and instructions to provide live testimony are available online. Sign-up closes Friday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. Written public testimony will also be accepted. Written comments can be submitted before or up to two weeks after the meeting day to oardofForestry@oregon.gov">BoardofForestry@oregon.gov, with the appropriate agenda item included with the submission.

The board will meet in executive session starting at 11:30 a.m. for the purpose of conferring with legal counsel regarding the board’s rights and duties related to current litigation, pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(h).

The executive session will also be conducted virtually. Members of the news media who want to attend this portion of the meeting can email Public Affairs Director Joy Krawczyk at awczyk@oregon.gov">joy.p.krawczyk@oregon.gov for information.

Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services, or assistance can be arranged by calling ODF’s Public Affairs Office at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting at 503-945-7200 or by email at estryinformation@oregon.gov">forestryinformation@oregon.gov.

The Oregon Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon’s 30 million-acre forestland base. Read more information about the board.

Committee for Emergency Fire Cost to meet virtually on Sept. 7 - 08/25/21

SALEM, Ore. – The Emergency Fire Cost Committee will meet virtually Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, at 10 a.m. To join the virtual meeting, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda. To provide public comment, please contact ystal.bader@oregon.gov">Chrystal Bader at 503-945-7220.

The committee’s agenda includes:

  • Financial status of the Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund (OFLPF)
  • Previous fiscal claims update
  • Insurance update
  • Weather update
  • Update status of Large Fire Cost Collection efforts
  • Agency/Fire Division report
  • Administrator report

The meeting is open to the public to attend online via Zoom. Public comments will be accepted near the end of the meeting as noted on the agenda. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 72 hours before the meeting by contacting ystal.bader@oregon.gov">Chrystal Bader at 503-945-7220.

The Emergency Fire Cost Committee oversees the Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund (OFLPF), established by the Oregon Legislature as an insurance fund with the purpose of equalizing emergency fire suppression costs among the various Oregon Department of Forestry protection districts. The emergency funding system is designed to operate as an insurance policy whereby all districts contribute (pay premiums) into the fund so that money will be available to any individual district to pay fire suppression costs on emergency fires. View more information on the EFCC webpage.

CORRECTED: Certified Burn Manager Rules advisory committee announces monthly meeting series via Zoom - 08/23/21

CORRECTION: The October meeting of the Certified Burn Manager Rules Advisory committee is October 20.

Several meetings of the Certified Burn Manager Rules Advisory Committee have been scheduled.

Meetings are scheduled for September 15, October 20, November 17, and December 15 – all from 10 a.m.-noon. All meetings will be held virtually until announced otherwise, and all meetings are open to the public. Public comment will be accepted at all meetings. 

To access the meeting, please visit https://odf.zoom.us/j/96682765642. The meeting ID is 966 8276 5642. Post-meeting recordings will be posted on the ODF YouTube channel.  

Agendas will be posted on the ODF Senate Bill 762 implementation page at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/board/pages/rac.aspx. To receive meeting reminders and agendas, sign up for administrative rule notices on the ODF website at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/aboutodf/Pages/email-updates.aspx

Background: Senate Bill 762, passed in the 2021 legislative session and signed by Gov. Kate Brown, requires the Oregon Department of Forestry to establish by rule a Certified Burn Manager Program, and to consult with the Oregon Prescribed Fire Council concerning best practices for conducting the program, initiate rulemaking by November 2021, and provide a progress report to the Legislature by November 1, 2021. It requires the agency to clarify cross-boundary prescribed fire permitting to allow a person to conduct a prescribed fire that burns across land ownership boundaries if the person obtains a permit, complies with its conditions, and obtains consent from relevant landowners. This rulemaking must be complete by November 30, 2022. 

Meeting Recording: Post-meeting recordings will be posted on the ODF YouTube channel. The ODF YouTube channel can be found at https://www.youtube.com/c/oregondepartmentofforestry. 

Coping with drought and flood will be focus of Oregon's annual Urban Forestry conference Sept. 14-15 - 08/23/21

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Community Trees, Oregon Department of Forestry’s Urban and Community Forestry program and USDA Forest Service are co-hosting this year’s annual Oregon Community Forestry Conference via Zoom on Sept. 14 and 15.

The conference is titled “Water-Wise Community Forests: Strategies for our Future.” It will feature researchers and urban forest experts sharing best management practices for dealing with drought and floods as they become more frequent and severe due to climate change. There will also be a demonstration of the Oregon Tree Plotter Inventory software, which is available free to Oregon cities.

Cost of the conference is $70, with discounts for students and registrants from Tree City USA communities or Tree Campus USA schools.

The conference’s first session is Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. with part two the next day from 8 a.m. to noon. Continuing education credits are offered by:

  • Pacific Northwest chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture
  • Oregon Landscape Contractors Board
  • Society of American Foresters
  • American Society of Consulting Arborists
  • Construction Contractors Board

For more information or to register, please go to Eventbrite registration or to the OCT Conference website. The latter has presenter bios, and presentation abstracts. 

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Crews continue to increase containment on the Patton Meadow Fire within the Fox Complex Fire - 08/23/21

The Patton Meadow fire is currently 8,947 acres and 52% contained.

Lakeview, ORE. - Crews continue to increase containment on the Patton Meadow Fire within the Fox Complex. Handheld infrared cameras last night confirmed the east side and southeast corner of the fire is out cold 100 feet into the fire’s perimeter, while the west and north perimeters of the fire still have considerable heat which crews are addressing through mop up operations. One small spot fire was identified on the north perimeter of the fire, but was quickly contained by crews monitoring the area. 

Crews today will continue to monitor the “green” for spot fires, while increasing mop up efforts on the north and west perimeters. “We’re just going to keep up progress from yesterday, going to keep grinding away on this thing,” said Operations Section Chief Eric Perkins. Perkins said that resources from areas of the fire that are well contained will be pushing north to address hot spots remaining from burnout operations. 

Today’s forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-70s with relative humidity around 10 to 15%. Winds from the south and southwest will bring more smoke from California into the region, which has the potential to moderate temperatures and increase relative humidity.

Fox Complex Information: 541-316-5904 (7 a.m. - 9 p.m.)
Email: foxcomplex.info@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SCOFMPFIREINFO
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7798/

Fox Complex Fire update for Aug. 22, 2021 - 08/22/21

Lakeview, ORE. - In a pivotal milestone last night, crews were able to tie in containment efforts on the west and north sides of the Patton Meadow Fire with burnout efforts along the south side of Cottonwood Road. While the skies were filled with columns of smoke last night, smoke will begin to dissipate rapidly from this fire now that burnout operations have been completed.

Operations Section Chief Eric Perkins summed up the effort by saying “it’s a big deal that we got this thing tied in. We essentially completed a prescribed burn the third week of August- a burn you would typically do in October after two or three inches of rain. Hats off to the burn module and everyone who supported it.”

The fire is now completely “black-lined,” with burned fuels comprising the entire perimeter. Crews will now allow interior fuels to burn out, while mopping up deeper and deeper into the perimeter and monitoring the “green” to ensure no new spot fires are allowed to develop.  

Yesterday’s operational briefing provides an overview of burnout and mop up operations, with footage from the front lines of firefighting efforts and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5ri5eRs1wo. This will be the last operational update video so long as conditions on the fire do not change significantly.  

Today’s forecast calls for shifting conditions with temperatures climbing 10-15 degrees and winds from the south and southwest with gusts up to 25 mph.  

Current Patton Meadow Fire evacuation levels can be found on Lake County Sheriff’s Office by visiting https://www.facebook.com/Lake-County-Oregon-104435824529906.

Fox Complex Information: 541-316-5904 (7 a.m. - 9 p.m.)
Email: foxcomplex.info@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SCOFMPFIREINFO
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7798/

Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meets virtually on August 27 - 08/20/21

SALEM, Ore – The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee will meet virtually via Zoom at 9:30 a.m. Friday, August 27. Items on the committee’s agenda include:

  • Climate Change and Carbon Paper
  • Forest Management Plan and Habitat Conservation Plan development and timelines

This meeting is open to the public, and public comment is scheduled for the beginning of the meeting. The Zoom log-in is at https://odf.zoom.us/j/96931505353. The meeting agenda and materials will be posted on the department’s web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx.

The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF.

Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at 503-945-7200.

Fox Complex reduced to one fire - 08/20/21

Lakeview, ORE. - The Fox Complex has been reduced to one fire. The Willow Valley Fire, standing at 824 acres and 85 percent contained, was officially handed back to the local BLM district today. The remaining Patton Meadow Fire is now 7,252 acres and 33 percent contained.

The Patton Meadow Fire’s growth is primarily due to controlled burnout operations that are bringing the head of the fire to containment lines and roads on the north end of the fire.

Crews on the west, east and south sides of the perimeter are gridding for heat into the fire’s interior and applying water to extinguish any remaining hot spots.

The fire’s north perimeter is plumbed with fire hose with burnout operations to continue over the next several days as conditions allow.

Lingering smoke from the Schneider Springs Fire in Central Washington is forecast to move out today with no additional smoke upwind from the region. With clearing skies, winds will pick up a bit mid-morning and remain generally light throughout the day. A dry cold front is forecast to roll in overnight bringing increased winds from the west.

OSFM task forces and the Blue Incident Management Team will be returning to their home agencies on Saturday. OSFM would like to thank all of the local agencies for their hard work during the initial attack and their ongoing support during the incident. The cooperation and teamwork by all contributed to the early and ongoing success of firefighting operations. OSFM appreciates the community of Lakeview for their warm welcome and hospitality during their stay. ODF Team 3 will be continuing their work of managing the incident.

Patton Meadow Fire evacuation levels were reduced yesterday. Current evacuation levels can be found on Lake County Sheriff’s Office by visiting https://www.facebook.com/Lake-County-Oregon-104435824529906.

Fox Complex Information: 541-316-5904 (7 a.m. - 9 p.m.)
Email: foxcomplex.info@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SCOFMPFIREINFO
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7798/