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September 28, 2022
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Soapstone Lake and trailhead temporary closure extended to Sept. 9

Soapstone Lake and trailhead temporary closure extended to Sept. 9

The Oregon Department of Forestry will be extending the closure of Soapstone Lake Road and Trailhead off Highway 53 in the Southwest portion of Clatsop State Forest until September 9, 2022. Soapstone Lake Road will be closed to public...

Committee for Family Forestlands meets Sept. 1

Committee for Family Forestlands meets Sept. 1

SALEM, Ore. — The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet virtually on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. To join virtually, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda. The committee’s agenda...

Oregon State Fire Marshal mobilizes Additional Structural Resources to the Rum Creek Fire

Oregon State Fire Marshal mobilizes Additional Structural Resources to the Rum Creek Fire

The Rum Creek Fire in Josephine County is currently threatening lives, structures, and property as fire behavior continued to increase over the last few days. Saturday, the Oregon Office of State Marshal (OSFM) mobilized five (5) task...

Board of Forestry hosts hybrid public meeting on Sept. 7

Board of Forestry hosts hybrid public meeting on Sept. 7

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry will hold a hybrid meeting starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The public meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters,...

OSFM to Host Town Hall Meetings on 2022 Oregon Defensible Space Standards

OSFM to Host Town Hall Meetings on 2022 Oregon Defensible Space Standards

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is hosting a series of town hall meetings about the development of the defensible space code, timelines, and opportunities for community input. The OSFM is working through a...

Committee for Emergency Fire Cost to meet in-person with virtual option on Sept. 6

Committee for Emergency Fire Cost to meet in-person with virtual option on Sept. 6

SALEM, Ore. – The Emergency Fire Cost Committee will meet in-person at the ODF Headquarters in Salem on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, at 10 a.m. A virtual option will be available. Please use the Zoom video conference information found on...

With fire danger rising, public use restrictions in effect on Tillamook State Forest

With fire danger rising, public use restrictions in effect on Tillamook State Forest

As heat rises in the northwest corner of the state, fire managers increased the fire danger level to High (yellow) for recreationists in the Tillamook State Forest. This change took effect on Tuesday, Aug. 16. All off-highway trails in...

Hot weather increases the fire danger for Northwest Oregon area

Hot weather increases the fire danger for Northwest Oregon area

NORTHWEST, Ore. - As the warmer weather increases the temperatures in the northwest corner of the state, fire managers will be increasing the fire danger level to High (yellow) for recreationists using the forests in the NW-2 and NW-3...

Oregon Department of Forestry dousing fires quickly thanks to more people and equipment

Oregon Department of Forestry dousing fires quickly thanks to more people and equipment

SALEM, Ore.— “Frankly, our people have been kicking butt,” said the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Tim Holschbach, Deputy Chief of Policy and Planning for the Fire Protection Division.As of today, ODF Districts have suppressed 418...

Board of Forestry hosts virtual special public meeting on Aug. 24

Board of Forestry hosts virtual special public meeting on Aug. 24

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry will hold a virtual special meeting starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The meeting will be livestreamed on the department’s YouTube channel.The board’s business agenda includes:Private...

OSFM to pre-position resources in Deschutes, Klamath counties this week

OSFM to pre-position resources in Deschutes, Klamath counties this week

SALEM, Ore. – Recent lightning and the elevated threat of wildfire in Central and Southern Oregon have prompted the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to pre-position two structural task forces of firefighters and equipment in...

OSFM hosting a series of town hall meetings on 2022 Oregon Defensible Space Code Development

OSFM hosting a series of town hall meetings on 2022 Oregon Defensible Space Code Development

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is hosting a series of town hall meetings about the 2022 Oregon Defensible Space Code, its development, timelines, and upcoming opportunities for community input. The OSFM is...

Public hearings scheduled for Certified Burn Manager program rules

Public hearings scheduled for Certified Burn Manager program rules

SALEM, Ore.—Public hearings are scheduled August 23–25 to gather feedback on an administrative rules package establishing the Certified Burn Manager program authorized by Oregon Revised Statue 526.360 and reemphasized under Senate Bill...

Committee for Family Forestlands meets Aug. 10

Committee for Family Forestlands meets Aug. 10

SALEM, Ore. — The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Wednesday, Aug. 10 from noon to 4:30 p.m. The public meeting will be a hybrid meeting held in the Tillamook Room, Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry...

Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meets Aug. 12 in Salem with virtual option via Zoom

Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meets Aug. 12 in Salem with virtual option via Zoom

SALEM, Ore. — The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meets Friday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. at ODF headquarters in Salem, with a virtual participation & viewing option via Zoom.The public meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Building...

OSFM Set to Host a Townhall Meeting on 2022 Oregon Defensible Space Code Development

OSFM Set to Host a Townhall Meeting on 2022 Oregon Defensible Space Code Development

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is hosting a series of townhall meetings to talk about the 2022 Oregon Defensible Space Code, its development, timelines, and upcoming opportunities for community input.The...

State Forester announces next steps for statewide wildfire risk map

State Forester announces next steps for statewide wildfire risk map

SALEM, Ore.— Cal Mukumoto, Oregon State Forester and Director of the Oregon Department of Forestry, issued the following statement today:Oregon’s wildfire environment has changed significantly in the past decade. Climate change is...

Soapstone Lake Road and Trailhead temporary closure starting August 8

Soapstone Lake Road and Trailhead temporary closure starting August 8

The Oregon Department of Forestry will be closing the Soapstone Lake Road and Trailhead off Highway 53 in the Southwest portion of Clatsop State Forest beginning August 8, 2022 for approximately three weeks. Soapstone Lake Road will be...

Emergency Conflagration declared for Miller Road/Dodge fire in Wasco County

Emergency Conflagration declared for Miller Road/Dodge fire in Wasco County

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Governor Kate Brown today invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act at 4:50 pm in response to the Miller Road/Dodge Fire in Wasco County. The fire sparked Tuesday afternoon and is burning in grass, brush, and juniper....

Northwest, Southwest, and Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees will hold joint meeting Aug. 10

Northwest, Southwest, and Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees will hold joint meeting Aug. 10

SALEM, Ore. – The Northwest, Southwest, and Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees will hold a joint meeting starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The public meeting will be a hybrid meeting held in the Tillamook Room,...

Fire Danger Level to rise to EXTREME (Red) in the City of Grants Pass Tuesday August 2nd at 12:01 a.m. (Photo)

Fire Danger Level to rise to EXTREME (Red) in the City of Grants Pass Tuesday August 2nd at 12:01 a.m. (Photo)

Triple-digit temperatures recently have increased the wildfire danger in and around the City of Grants Pass. At 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2nd, the official fire danger level will climb to Extreme (Red) within the City of Grants Pass...

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Klamath County pre-positioned resources

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Klamath County pre-positioned resources

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is hosting a media availability with Klamath County fire agencies and the Lane County taskforce that is pre-positioned in Klamath County due to the increasing threat of...
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