The Tillamook County Fire Defense Board will be opening burning countywide starting at 1 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30. Officials said residents still need to obtain valid burn permits from their respective fire department.
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced that 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.
“That means folks out in the forest can have campfires, cut firewood again, don’t have to have fire tools in their truck – basically public use is open now for all outdoor activities,” Protection Unit Forester Ed Wallmark said.
However, everyone still needs to think about fire prevention all year round, he added. For example, do not discard burning materials, such as cigarettes, and always ensure campfires are cold before leaving.
Wallmark said fire season is still in effect.
Forest operators 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.
Officials said 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 local ODF offices or at the 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.
Officials said 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 people 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 fires 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 campfires far from beach grass and drift wood piles.
Once the proclamation is processed, individuals can find it and other Restrictions & Closures information on our website: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx
For more information, call the Tillamook District at 503-842-2545