Friday, September 20, 2019

Fire Season for the Northwest Oregon Forest Protective Association -  Forest Grove, Tillamook, and Astoria Districts - was terminated at 01:00 on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.  This is the earliest exit since 1997. (In 1997 we terminated fire season on September 16.)

All Fire Season and Public Use Restrictions for all weather zones (NW1, NW2, and NW3) in this area are rescinded at that time. Beginning next Monday, all remaining district staff and offices will move to a Monday through Friday schedule from 0800 to 1700. The fire crew will be winterizing engines and equipment, completing yard maintenance, and helping prepare for fall burning programs.

We appreciate everyone’s partnership and cooperation throughout fire season.

As a reminder, burning permits are required for logging slash. For backyard and other burning, contact your local fire department burn line for burning information. While fire season is over, we do expect a few periods of dry east winds that will present some fire hazards. Always be mindful of the weather, monitor your burns, and extinguish them in compliance with burning regulations and burn plans. 

Thank you!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Fire Season Update

The cool wet weather and rain have taken the edge off fire season. Most locations across the forest have seen over 2 inches of rain in the last week. Fuel moistures have risen to 23%, a level we have not seen since early June. The forecast for the weekend and early next week is very wet, further improving conditions.

We are talking about the end of fire season. ODF staff and NWOFPA Board members will be discussing this early next week after seeing if the weekend weather predictions come true and seeing the extended forecast. Check here for updates. We will also send out information by email.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Douglas fir tree struck by lightning in Columbia County. The tree was felled and the fire extinguished.

 Lightning crossed the NWOFPA District this morning, starting four fires in Columbia County.  The largest so far is 40 x 60. All 4 fires are currently staffed with a combination of ODF, rural fire departments (Scappoose and Clatskanie fire) and/or Industry Crews (Evenson Logging).   Spread on all  fires at this time has been stopped and all are in mop up.  Relative humidity is high, but there was little or no rainfall with the lightning. 

Please be aware that ODF is changing the Public Use Restriction level back to Moderate in NW2 and NW3 as of noon today.  The IFPL will remain at 2.  Thank you!

Thursday, August 1, 2019