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August 19, 2022
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Firefighters Respond to Approximately 50 Fires Overnight Following Wednesday Thunderstorms

Firefighters Respond to Approximately 50 Fires Overnight Following Wednesday Thunderstorms

Firefighters are continuing to aggressively engage on numerous fires across the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District following thunderstorms across Jackson and Josephine counties Wednesday night.

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...

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...

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...

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 Levels

Fire Danger Levels

Southwest Oregon District

Fire Danger Level Increasing to Extreme on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 in Southwest Oregon District

Forestry department changing schedule for community information sessions about the statewide wildfire risk map

Forestry department changing schedule for community information sessions about the statewide wildfire risk map

SALEM, Ore.— The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is canceling the July 26 community information session scheduled in Grants Pass due to safety concerns. A combined southwest Oregon virtual information session will be held July 27....

Forestry department changing schedule for community information sessions about the statewide wildfire risk map

Forestry department changing schedule for community information sessions about the statewide wildfire risk map

SALEM, Ore.— The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is canceling the July 26 community information session scheduled in Grants Pass. The July 27 information session scheduled in Medford will now be a virtual meeting only. Anyone may...

ODF urges wildfire prevention with all of Oregon in fire season

ODF urges wildfire prevention with all of Oregon in fire season

Salem, OR – As of today, July 11, all Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) districts are in fire season. This means that public use restrictions may be in place where you live or at a destination you plan on recreating to reduce the risk...

Board of Forestry hosts hybrid public meeting on July 20

Board of Forestry hosts hybrid public meeting on July 20

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry will hold a hybrid meeting starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20. The public meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters,...

Emerald ash borer arrival in Oregon will bring changes to NW streams and urban forests (Photo)

Emerald ash borer arrival in Oregon will bring changes to NW streams and urban forests (Photo)

SALEM, Ore – The long-anticipated arrival in Oregon this summer of the destructive emerald ash borer sharpens concerns about the impacts to urban forests, wetlands and streams.Wyatt Williams is the Oregon Department of Forestry’s...

MEDIA ALERT: North Cascade District Announces Start of Fire Season

MEDIA ALERT: North Cascade District Announces Start of Fire Season

The North Cascade District of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) entered fire season at 12:01 a.m., July 6, 2022.  Lands protected by North Cascade District of ODF are affected by this declaration, which include private and...
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