Thursday, December 29, 2016

Preliminary Forestland Classification Maps Available

Two draft forestland classification maps are now viewable through the Yamhill County website on the Forestland Classification Page.  Although not finalized, these maps reflect the Committee's classification decisions on lands that are inside the ODF protection boundaries in Yamhill County.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Yamhill Forestland Classification

Next Meeting:  November 29th, 2016 at the Carlton Fire Department.  343 W Roosevelt, Carlton, OR  97111.  10am to 3pm.

Yamhill County page--Forestland Classification

Monday, October 10, 2016

Yamhill Forestland Classification

Next Meeting:  October 17th, 2016 at the Carlton Fire Station--209 N Kutch Street, Carlton, OR  97111.  10:00 am

Monday, October 3, 2016

End of Fire Season

The Oregon Department of Forestry, announces that effective at 01:00 am, Tuesday, October 4, 2016, Fire Season will be terminated in the Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District. This area includes all State, private and BLM forest lands included in the Astoria, Tillamook and Forest Grove Districts of the Oregon Department of Forestry. With the end of fire season, logging operations are no longer subject to fire protection laws, such as maintaining fire equipment at logging sites.

Burning permits are no longer required from the Oregon Department of Forestry for burn barrels or open burning. Burning of logging slash however does require a burning permit from the Oregon Department of Forestry.  Many of the Rural Fire Protection Districts require permits during the entire year. If you live within a rural fire district, you may be required to have a burning permit.  If you are not sure whether you need a permit or not, please contact your closest Rural Fire Department for burn permit requirements.

Regulated Use officially terminated at 01:00 am, Friday, September 30, 2016. The public no longer has fire restrictions on smoking, campfires, chainsaws and motorized vehicle use. However, everyone still needs to think about fire prevention all year round.  For example, do not discard burning materials, such as cigarettes, and always ensure campfires are cold before leaving.

For more information contact your nearest Oregon Department of Forestry office.

Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District:
Astoria District, 503-325-5451
Forest Grove District, 503-357-2191
Columbia City Unit, 503-397-2636

Tillamook District, 503-842-2545

Thursday, September 29, 2016

End of Regulated Use Closure

The Oregon Department of Forestry, announces that effective at 01:00 am, Friday, September 30, 2016, the Regulated Use Closure will be terminated in the Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District.  This area includes all State, private and BLM forest lands, included in the Astoria, Tillamook and Forest Grove Districts of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

When Regulated Use is officially terminated the public no longer has fire restrictions on smoking, campfires, chainsaws and motorized vehicle use.  However, everyone still needs to think about fire prevention all year round.  For example, do not discard burning materials, such as cigarettes, and always ensure campfires are cold before leaving.

***Fire Season is still in effect***
For Forest Operators, they must have required fire equipment at the site of their operation, and are reminded to inspect their fire equipment to ensure it is ready and can pass inspection.  Forest Operators must also provide fire watch on each operation after equipment is shut down at the end of operations each day.  Operators can refer to the Fire Watch Waiver in effect for IFPL fire watch requirements.  Fire season rules also prohibit smoking while in or traveling through any "operation area", and prohibit the use of fuse and caps for blasting on forest land.  Zones NW-1, NW-2, and NW-3 IFPL levels and changes may be obtained by calling your local ODF office or at our website:

For the General Public, burning permits are required for open pile burning and burn barrels.  For residents that live within a City Fire Department District or Rural Fire Protection District, they will need to contact their local Fire Department for burning and burn permit requirements. 

It is also a good reminder that fire can be a hazard at any time of year if steps are not taken to use fire safely.  Whenever you use fire, whether for debris burning or enjoying a campfire, use these steps to prevent your fire from turning into the next wildfire.
§  Never leave your fire unattended.
§  When burning debris, always have a hose and shovel at the fire to prevent the fire from spreading. 
§  Check with your local fire protection agency prior to burning.  (Most Rural Fire Protection Districts require a burn permit year round.)
§  If camping, ensure your campfire is in a designated area. 
§  Always make sure your campfire is out cold before leaving. 
§  On the beach, keep your campfire far from beach grass and drift wood piles.

Once the proclamation is processed you can find it and other Restrictions & Closures information on our website: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx

Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District:
Astoria District, 503-325-5451
Forest Grove District, 503-357-2191
Columbia City Unit, 503-397-2636

Tillamook District, 503-842-2545

Monday, September 19, 2016

Effective: 12:00 p.m., PDT, Monday, September 19, 2016

Regulated Use Zone NW-3 will drop to Industrial Fire Precaution Level 1 at 12:00 pm, Monday September 19, 2016.

LEVEL 1 – Closed Season:
Fire precaution requirements are in effect.  A Fire Watch/Security is required at this and all higher levels unless otherwise waived.

NW-1 and NW-2 are already in level 1.

Fire watch waiver is still in effect:

IFPL 1 = 1 hour
IFPL 2 = 2 hours
IFPL 3 = 3 hours
IFPL 4 = Shutdown

Once the proclamation is processed you can find it and other Restrictions & Closures information on our website:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Zone NW-3 in the Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District will raise to IFPL II effective Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 01:00 am.

Under Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2, the use of fire or power-driven machinery in any operation area is unlawful unless such use is in compliance with the following:
Partial Shutdown: The following activities are not permitted between the hours of
1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except as noted:
1.      Power saws, except power saws may operate at loading sites.
2.      Cable yarding
3.      Blasting
4.      Welding or cutting of metal

Zones NW-1 and NW-2 will remain at IFPL I – Closed Season: Fire precaution requirements are in effect.  A Fire Watch/Security is required at this and all higher levels unless otherwise waived.

FIRE WATCH WAIVER IS STILL IN EFFECT:
IFPL 1 = 1 HOUR
IFPL 2 = 2 HOURS
IFPL 3 = 3 HOURS
IFPL 4 = SHUTDOWN


Once the proclamation is processed you can find it and other Restrictions & Closures information on our website: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx