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ODF fire information duty officer contact number - 07/09/20

FOR NEWS EDITORS - 

During the summer fire season (usually until early October), to reach the Oregon Department of Forestry's state-level Public Affairs office with fire-related questions or interview requests, please call our fire information duty officer at:

     503-945-7201

We try to return calls within 10 to 15 minutes.

The phone is answered between the following hours. 

  • Non-holiday weekdays (Monday through Friday) - 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Weekends and holidays - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

NOTE: Some ODF districts have their own fire public information officers, such as the Douglas Forest Protective Association in Douglas County and ODF's Central Oregon, Northeast Oregon and Southwest Oregon districts. If so, please continue to contact those district officers directly for information about local fires in those districts.

 

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Fire Season Officially Starts (Photo) - 07/02/20

SALEM, Ore – Fire season will officially be in effect on all Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected lands Monday, July 6. The North Cascade and West Oregon protection districts are the last two to declare fire season. ODF’s Southwest Oregon District was the first to declare fire season May 1.

Fire season is declared based on conditions at the local district level, with restrictions intended to help prevent human-caused wildfires. Fire season generally runs through mid-October and ends based on local conditions.

For residents within ODF’s 12 fire protection districts, the arrival of fire season means the end of unregulated outdoor debris burning, a leading cause of wildfires. While permits to burn may be issued in some areas, debris burning is generally prohibited throughout the summer due to increased wildfire risk. Violators burning without a permit will be cited and held liable for fire suppression costs.

Other public use fire restrictions are also in effect in several areas. The use of fireworks, tracer ammunition and exploding targets are illegal within ODF protection boundaries, as well as other state and federal lands. Campfires, the mowing of dry, cured grass, cutting and welding, power saw use and other spark-emitting activities are regulated at the local level, depending upon the conditions and fire danger. For example, during low fire danger, mowing may be allowed all day. However, during moderate, high and extreme fire danger mowing may be restricted to early morning or prohibited entirely until conditions improve.

ODF encourages the public to stay informed of current fire restrictions by visiting the agency’s Fire Restrictions & Closures website or calling their local ODF or protective association office. To learn more about preventing human-caused wildfires, visit Keep Oregon Green on the web at www.keeporegongreen.org.  

Forest operators are required to follow fire season requirements, including providing a water supply, fire tools, spark arresters on equipment, and fire watch. Similar to fire danger restrictions for the public, operators must follow rules under the four-tiered Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) system.  

ODF protects over 16 million acres of private, county, state and federal land.

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Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meeting for July 10 canceled - 07/01/20

The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee’s scheduled meeting for July 10 in Salem has been canceled by Chair David Yamamoto due to commissioners' ongoing responsibilities related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The next meeting of the FTLAC is scheduled for August 28, 2020, in Salem.

Update on Habitat Conservation Plan process for western Oregon State Forests set for July 13 - 06/30/20

The Oregon Department of Forestry will host a webinar meeting open to the public on Monday, July 13 to provide an update and solicit feedback on the Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Planning process.

This meeting will focus on aquatic and terrestrial conservation strategies developed to protect covered threatened and endangered species on state forest lands over the lifetime of the HCP. RSVP is requested. This effort focuses on a potential HCP on state forestlands west of the Cascades and is primarily intended for those with an interest in management of Oregon’s forests.

Date: Monday, July 13
Time: 1–3:30 p.m. meeting, followed by informal discussion period to discuss issues of most interest to participants from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
RSVP: Please RSVP by clicking here
Where: Please see webinar and call-in information below.

  • To view and participate in the webinar from your computer go to https://odf.zoom.us/j/94494505473.
  • For quality audio, please call in from your phone using the following call-in information:
    • Dial: 253-215-8782
    • Meeting ID: 944 9450 5473
  • A post-meeting recording will be posted on the ODF YouTube channel.

For more information on the Western Oregon State Forest HCP project, please visit https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/HCP-initiative.aspx.

ODF declares fire season to start on July 1 in Lane and southern Linn counties - 06/30/20

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Fire season will begin on forestlands in Lane County and southern Linn County protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry starting on Wednesday, July 1 at 12:01 a.m.

A fire season declaration places fire prevention restrictions on landowners and the public on lands protected by ODF. Fire prevention regulations on industrial logging and forest management activities also go into effect. The restrictions are designed to reduce the number of human-caused fires at a time of year when wildfires are most likely to occur.

The South Cascade and Western Lane districts will join six other ODF districts in southern and central Oregon that are already in a declared fire season. The Northeast Oregon District is going into fire season on July 1.

Western Lane

Link Smith is District Forester for the Western Lane District, which protects western Lane County. He said,"Declaring fire season puts in place restrictions intended to prevent human-caused fires, which are up compared to the 10 year average for this time of year."

Smith encouraged people before they head out to forests to check ODF's online map showing fire danger levels and fire restrictions on all ODF-protected lands anywhere in Oregon. The map can be found at https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/firerestrictions/PFR.html

For pre-recorded information on fire season restrictions in the Western Lane District, call ODF's Veneta office at
541-935-2222 or check out the ODF Western Lane Facebook page.

South Cascade

South Cascade District Forester Chris Cline said a mild, wet spring has also contributed to a buildup of fine fuels in eastern Lane and southern Linn counties, which make up the South Cascade District.

"The arrival of drier summer weather makes those fine fuels ignite more readily and spread fire faster," said Cline. “As we enter into our extended dry conditions, we would ask people to be extra vigilant in fire prevention and awareness. It’s always important to prevent as many human-caused fires as possible. With the potential safety concerns related to COVID-19, this year it’s even more critical to relieve any unnecessary burdens that wildfire in our communities creates.”

For further information on fire season restrictions in the South Cascade District, call ODF at these local offices:
Springfield - Brian Dally at 541-726-3588 ext 226
Sweet Home - 541-367-6108 press 0

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Smoke Management Advisory Committee meets Thursday, June 25 - 06/17/20

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s Smoke Management Advisory Committee will meet virtually for the public Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Zoom conferencing information and agenda are posted at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Board/Pages/SMAC.aspx

Key agenda items include:

  • Introduction of new committee members
  • Protection Division report including COVID-19, fire season, and funding
  • Budget and fund balance update
  • COVID-19 burn restrictions and fall burning
  • Grants and community response plans for prescribed fire smoke
  • Other housekeeping items

The public is invited to attend remotely via Zoom conferencing. There will be a period for public comment in the morning. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by contacting Shauna Morris at 503-945-7529.

Created by the Legislature in 1989, the five-member committee assists and advises the Oregon Department of Forestry in carrying out its Smoke Management Program. Members are appointed by the State Forester to serve a two-year term, which is renewable.

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State Forests Advisory Committee meets June 19 via Zoom - 06/12/20

SALEM, Ore. – An Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) state forests advisory group will meet Friday, June 19 virtually via Zoom to learn about public comments received on planned state forest activities and receive an update on COVID-19 impacts on recreational use of state forests.

The State Forests Advisory Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. via the Zoom virtual meeting platform. Instructions to view or listen to the meeting will be posted along with the full meeting agenda at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SFAC.aspx. The agenda includes:

  • Annual Operations Plans public comment update and summary
  • Updates from the Recreation, Education and Interpretation team on COVID-19 effects on public use, plans for phased re-opening, current approaches on target shooting, and a 2021 legislative Policy Option Package
  • Update on State Forests Division budget
  • Fire season update  

There will be opportunity for public comment; currently this is scheduled for approximately 11:45 a.m. 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.