Fire season came to an in the Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District on Oct. 4, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).
This are includes all state, private and BLM forest lands included in the Astoria, Tillamook and Forest Grove Districts of the Oregon Department of Forestry. With the end of fire season, logging operations are no longer subject to fire protections laws, such as maintaining fire equipment at logging sites, according to forestry officials.
Burning permits are no longer required from the ODF for burn barrels or open burning. Burning of logging slash, however, does require a burning permit from the department.
Many of the Rural Fire Protection Districts require permits during the entire year. Those living within a rural fire district may be required to have a burning permit. Contact the nearest Rural Fire Department for burn permit requirements.
Regulated Use officially terminated at 1 a.m., Sept. 30. The public no longer has fire restrictions on smoking, campfires, chainsaws and motorized vehicle use.
However, everyone still needs to think about fire prevention all year round. For example, do not discard burning materials, such as cigarettes, and always ensure campfires are cold before leaving.
For more information, contact your nearest Oregon Department of Forestry office.
Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District:
- Astoria District, 503-325-5451
- Forest Grove District, 503-357-2191
- Columbia City Unit, 503-397-2636
- Tillamook District, 503-842-2545