Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Cooler Temperatures drop the NW-3 area Industrial Fire Precaution Level back to Level 2 beginning August 1

As of 0100 tomorrow, August 1st, 2018, we will be dropping our IFPL from a 3 to a 2. 


A IFPL 2 means:  Limited Shutdown - the following activities are not permitted between the hours of 1pm and 8pm, except as noted:


          1.  Power saws, except power saws may operate at loading sites
          2. Feller-bunchers with rotary head saws
          3. Cable Yarding
          4. Blasting
          5. Welding, cutting, or grinding of metal
 
More good news for recreationists:


The OHV trails will be opening back up as of 0100 on August 1st.  The OHV trails in the Browns Camp, Lyda Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill and Trask OHV areas will be back OPEN for the enjoyment of OHV enthusiasts. 









Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Hot Weather and Dry Conditions Initiate IFPL 3 Restrictions For Forest Workers Beginning July 25, 2018




As of 0100 on July 25, an IFPL III / Restricted Shutdown goes into effect.


The following is prohibited except as indicated:
Cable yarding - except that gravity operated logging systems employing non-motorized carriages or approved motorized carriages (defined below), may operate between 8pm and 1pm when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground except the line between the carriage and the chokers and during rigging.




The following are permitted to operate between the hours of 8 P.M. and 1 P.M. where mechanized equipment capable of con-structing fire line is immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start:  (ground-based operations defined below)


 Power saws on ground-based operations;


 Rotary head saw feller-bunchers with a continuous Firewatch;

 Non-rotary head saw feller-bunchers;

 Tethered logging systems (defined below).



The following are permitted to operate between the hours of 8pm and 1pm:


   Power saws at loading sites
   Loading or hauling of any product or material
   Blasting
   Welding, cutting or grinding of metal


    Any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned.




OHV Recreationists are restricted to gravel roads. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions During Regulated Use Closures


With the thermometer near the 100ยบ mark at least a couple of days this week.   Our fire danger is already high and our Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is at a Level 2.  We have been experiencing a high call volume with questions about regulated use restrictions, particularly how to find out if the OHV trails are open, so here are some FAQs:

 

What do I have to bring with me to the woods?

  • All vehicles traveling on gravel roads through the State Forest must carry one full-size shovel and either 1 gallon of water or one operational 2.5 lb fire extinguisher.  Quads and motorcycles do not have to carry these items but the vehicles used to bring them into the woods must be outfitted with a shovel and either the water or fire extinguisher.

What about campfires?

  • Campfires are currently only allowed in the metal fire pits installed by the Oregon Department of Forestry at fee campgrounds, designated day use areas and in designated campsites.  This can change at anytime.

How do I know if the trails are open?

  • All closures are tied to Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL) and will be posted on right hand sidebar of the Tillamook State Forest Blog ( http://tillamookstateforest.blogspot.com ).

  • The OHV Trail status is above the fire danger meter and the IFPL level is below the fire danger meter.
     
  • Closure information will also be posted on the OHV Trails tab of the Tillamook State Forest Blog (http://tillamookstateforest.blogspot.com/p/ohv-trails.html ) under the title “TSF OHV Trail Status”.
     

     
  • For designated OHV Trails in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, Trask and BLM Upper Nestucca Riding Areas:
    • IFPL 1 & IFPL 2 = Trails are OPEN
    • IFPL 3 = Trails are CLOSED, riding is restricted to maintained gravel roads in the designated OHV areas listed above
    • IFPL 4 = All riding (trails & roads) CLOSED
  • For designated Non-Motorized Trails in the Tillamook State Forest
    • IFPL 1 & IFPL 2 = Trails are OPEN
    • IFPL 3 = Trails are OPEN but additional restrictions may be in place
    • IFPL 4 = All trails CLOSED
As always, if you have any questions feel free to call the office before you head out.  (503.357.2191)  Office hours are Mondays - Friday 8a - 5pm.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Forest Grove District Enters High Fire Danger and IFPL Level 2

With Summer temperatures rising creating a high fire danger in our forests, the Forest Grove  district entered an Industrial Fire Precaution Level of 2 at 0100 this morning. 
 
For forest workers, this means a Limited Shutdown.   The following may operate only between 8pm and 1pm:
 
  • Power saws, except at loading sites
  • Feller-bunchers with rotary head saws
  • Cable yarding
  • Blasting
  • Welding, cutting, or grinding of metal
For all other visitors to our forests, Regulated Use remains in effect.  

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Rising Fire Danger Prompts Public Use Restrictions in Northwest Oregon forestlands beginning July 5th







Due to dry conditions in northwest forests, the Oregon Department of Forestry has declared Regulated Use in effect beginning Thursday, July 5.
 
Restrictions include; no open fires except at designated locations, no fireworks, and no use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition. Non-industrial chainsaw use is prohibited between 1-8 p.m. Smoking is not allowed while traveling except in closed vehicles on improved roads.
   
These restrictions apply to lands in Washington, Yamhill, Tillamook, Clatsop, Columbia, and parts of Multnomah County protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. To find out what restrictions are in place at any given location, go online to ODF’s statewide fire restrictions and closures page at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

For folks headed out to rural areas or to the Tillamook State Forest, there are several things to keep in mind as you prepare for your trip and while you are out in the woods during regulated use.


Remember, planning ahead and practicing fire safety will not only help keep Oregon’s forests green, it may save you a citation.


Here are some Frequently Asked Questions and their answers:


How do I know if Regulated Use is in effect?
  • When you pass an orange or yellow sign like the ones pictured below, it means that Regulated Use is in effect.
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You can check the Tillamook State Forest Blog.  The homepage and the Fire Season tab will have the most current information regarding Fire Season closures.


What do I have to bring with me?


While you are traveling through the forests and rural areas, unless you are on a state highway, county road or driveway, each vehicle must have:
    • 1 shovel
    • 1 gallon of water OR 1 operational 2.5 lb fire extinguisher
Where can I have a campfire in the Tillamook State Forest?

You can only have a fire in metal fire pits installed by the Oregon Department of Forestry in:
  • Fee Campgrounds
  • Developed Day Use Areas
  • Designated Recreation Areas
  • Designated Campsites
Where can I smoke?
  • You can smoke in the closed cabin of your vehicle on improved roads.  (This means top and doors secured on the vehicle and windows up.)
  • You can also smoke while in Fee Campgrounds, Designated Campsites or Designated Recreation Areas (such as Rogers Camp Trailhead).
Can I cook in my campsite?
Yes.  Cooking is limited to:
  • Metal fire pits installed by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
  • Propane or gas camp stoves
  • Propane or gas BBQs
Charcoal and wood burning BBQs are prohibited.
How do I know if the trails are open?
Designated OHV trails in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, Trask and BLM Upper Nestucca Riding areas.
  • IFPL 1 & IFPL 2 = Trails are OPEN.
  • IFPL 3 = Trails are CLOSED and OHV operation is restricted to maintained  gravel roads in those designated OHV areas.
  • IFPL 4 = All OHV operation is CLOSED
Designated Non-Motorized Trails for Equestrians, Hikers and Mountain Bikers
  • IFPL 1 & IFPL 2 = Trails are OPEN.
  • IFPL 3 = Trails are OPEN but additional restrictions may be in place.
  • IFPL 4 = All OHV operation is CLOSED.