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

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.

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.