Monday, October 12, 2020

 Fire Season and Regulated Use ends for 2020

Good Morning,

After the weekend rains and additional moisture expected today and Tuesday, we have decided to end Fire Season effective at Noon today, October 12, 2020.  

We want to thank all of the landowners and operators for their efforts this year for prevention, readiness and firefighting for NW Oregon Association and across the state.  The cooperation across the three districts with all firefighters and partners made a difference not only to contain fires and protect forests but to protect the urban interface and homes.

Thank you again

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Due to extreme fire danger and limited resources, we will move to an IFPL of Level 4, Complete Shutdown, in all weather zones of the NWOFPA – NW1, NW2, and NW3.


Operators are encouraged to visit work sites and patrol the forestlands.  Yesterday we cited individuals for burning without permits. Patrolling neighborhoods and problem areas is a prudent activity. This shut-down is in effect until lifted.



Mike Cafferata/Kate Skinner/Frank Lertora


Mike Cafferata

Forest Grove District Forester

Oregon Department of Forestry

Work (503) 359-7430

Cell (503) 961-2022

Sunday, September 6, 2020

  Effective at 1:00 AM on Monday, September 7, 2020, the Oregon Department of Forestry will raise the fire danger level in the Tillamook State Forest and surrounding lands to EXTREME with an Industrial Fire Precaution Level of 3 (IFPL3).

Under EXTREME fire danger, all OHV trails in the Tillamook State Forest close to use.  While the forest roads, designated recreation facilities, and non-motorized trails do remain open, the Oregon Department of Forestry is asking that outdoor enthusiasts currently in the forest for the Labor Day Weekend depart by noon on Monday, September 7 and that folks planning a trip out to the forest voluntarily stay home for the duration of the EXTREME fire danger period.  Department of Forestry staff will be closing access gates forest-wide to help protect remote areas during the EXTREME conditions.

"The weather pattern of dry heat combined with what is shaping up to be an historic east wind event with gusts upward of 40 miles per hour are creating conditions in our coastal forests that are exactly the same conditions that were in place when the Eagle Creek Fire exploded in the Columbia River Gorge during the Labor Day weekend of 2017," explained District Forester Mike Cafferata.  "We are asking folks to stay home to help prevent another 'Tillamook Burn' from occurring."

 You can track the changes in fire danger levels and related closures on this blog.

Thank you for your help in keeping the Tillamook State Forest safe from wildfires!