Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NWOA terminates fire season

Effective today, 10/11/17, fire season has ended in the Northwest Oregon Area.  This applies to NW-1, NW-2, and NW-3 zones.  Many other areas across the state are still in fire season, and fires can potentially occur at any time of the year.

Here in the Forest Grove District, now that we've received adequate rainfall to reduce the risk of fire spread, we will be shifting our attention to slash treatment, prescribed fire, and smoke management in the area. Contact the office or your forester if you have questions on permitting or need asssistance accomplishing your objectives.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Engines 434 and 435 Respond to a Brush Fire at Cox Road


At approximately 1:27 P.M. we received a call from the Washington County Dispatch of a brush fire located on Cox Road. The crews arrived to find a quarter acre fire in brush. The fire was quickly suppressed and there was no further spread. We would like people to remember that if you are in ODF's jurisdiction you must insure that is acceptable to burn by calling your local fire department and the Forest Grove ODF office. 503-357-2191

Monday, October 2, 2017

Relative Humidity Drops for the Next Three Days

Oregon Department of Forestry is still in fire season,  and any burning still requires a permit. The next three days look particularly challenging in regards to fire control. Tuesday through Thursday's forecast is for low relative humidity and 10-15 mph East winds. Please make sure that if you have been burning debris or agricultural burning that you check to assure that your pile is out cold. Please stir your previously burned piles to assure the heat is released from the ashes.




Thursday, September 14, 2017

Parson Road Fire

Yesterday, 9/13/17, the Forest Grove District sent two engines to the grass fire just off Parson Road in Gales Creek.  This was to provide mutual aide to the Forest Grove RFD.  With the combined efforts of the departments the fire was contained at about an acre in size. 

Even with the less extreme temperatures as of late, the vegetation out there is still very dry and the risk of new fires to start and grow continues.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

An ODF Strike Team of engines reported back from the Eagle Creek Fire. The strike team leader is Brandon Carr from Columbia City and there is an engine from Forest Grove and Columbia City both there as well. They started off on the west end of the fire and then spent a couple days along I-84 near Bridal Veil and Warrendale where they helped conduct burn out along the highway. They then went to the SE contingency line to assist in brushing line for approximately 10 miles. Today (day 9, Wednesday), they got moved to Cascade Locks to assist with the head of the fire pushing east towards Hood River.