ODF Increases Fire Prevention Restrictions in Astoria District

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Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will be increasing fire safety restrictions in the the Astoria, West Oregon, Forest Grove and Tillamook districts Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will be increasing fire safety restrictions in the the Astoria, West Oregon, Forest Grove and Tillamook districts beginning Saturday, Aug. 20, due to the current warm, dry, weather conditions.

According to ODF’s Ted Erdmann 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.” {{more}}

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- 1/2 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).

A modification or waiver of these requirements must be approved in writing by the State Forester or his authorized representative.

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.