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Fire Season in Effect for All of Central Oregon District

[Prineville, Ore.]  Beginning June 1, 2021 the John Day Unit will join The Dalles and Prineville units of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District in implementing fire season. Cooler temperatures and precipitation over the last few weeks has been a welcome reprieve from the rising fire danger observed this spring.  However, warm temperatures and windy conditions in the forecast will quickly dry wildland fuels bringing the return of unseasonably high wildfire danger across the area. 

Human caused fires for 2021 within ODF’s Central Oregon District are more than double the ten-year-average for fire starts year-to-date.  Thirty-one fires have burned 243 acres of ODF protected lands already this year.  On average the District responds to 136 fires each year; 66 lightning starts and 70 human ignitions.      

Fire Season Regulations

The following acts are prohibited during fire season in accordance with ORS 477.510 and ORS 477.512:

·        Smoking while working in or traveling through any operation area.

·        The use of fuse and caps for blasting, unless approval is granted by the forester.

·        The discharge of an exploding target inside the district or within one-eighth mile of the district.

·        The discharge of tracer ammunition on land that is within the district or within one-eighth mile of the district, or when discharged, crosses above land that is within the district or within one-eighth mile of the district.

Operators should refer to www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/Documents/fire-season-requirements-for-industrial-operations.pdf for information specific to industrial operations during fire season, or call their local ODF Office.

John Day Unit—Grant, Wheeler, Morrow, Harney, & Gilliam Counties (541)575-1139

·        Burning of logging slash and larger debris piles is not currently allowed in the John Day Unit. 

·        Burning yard debris and burn barrels is no longer permitted on lands protected by ODF.

Prineville Unit-Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes Counties (541)447-5658

·        Burning of logging slash is not allowed at this time. 

·        Contact the local fire departments to obtain burn permits for burning yard debris where allowed. 

The Dalles Unit-Wasco and Hood River Counties (541)296-4626

·        IFPL 1 in effect for MH-1(east of Hwy 35 in Hood River and Wasco counties) and MH-4 (west of Hwy 35 in Hood River County)

·        Burn ban in effect for Hood River and Wasco counties begins June 1, 2021.

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Burn Ban starting June 1, 2021

Mosier Fire District is entering a complete Burn Ban beginning at 1201 am June 1st 2021. No burning will be allowed.  All permits are suspended until the burn ban is lifted. Any questions please call the Fire District at 541-478-3333.
Have a safe summer.

Fire Board Election

 Election May 18th – last day to file is March 18th
Two positions on the Mosier Fire District Board are up for election on May 18th. Incumbents Todd Reeves (Position #2) and Barb Ayers (Position #3) are both running for reelection. Other candidates are encouraged to file, however the deadline to file with Wasco County is Thursday, March 18th. Both positions are for four year terms. More information can be found at https://www.co.wasco.or.us/departments/clerk/current_election.php

Hand Sewn Masks

Stuck for something to do and want to help the community? Why not make some droplet resistant masks and donate them to Mosier Fire?

There are good instructions here:

https://makefacemasks.com/

These masks are very useful to us as we put them on potentially infectious patients while we’re on calls. The more we can reduce airborne droplets, the safer the responders are.

Masks can be dropped in the box outside the Mosier Fire Office during business hours. Please don’t come into the office.

Stay Home, Stay Safe

But what does this mean? We’ve been hearing some confusion so here are a few definitions to help clear it up:

Social distancing

This means staying away from everyone outside your household wherever possible. Don’t have anyone come to your house who doesn’t live there. Don’t go anywhere you don’t need to. Try to limit shopping trips to once a week (or longer) and only send one person.

Getting fresh air is important. It is fine to take a walk or do other activities outside, as long as you can maintain at least a 6 foot distance between you and anyone not in your household.

Note that this does not mean you should socialize with other households while maintaining a 6 foot separation. Any prolonged contact should be avoided if possible.

Most public parks and playgrounds are now closed. 
Stay in contact with friends and family by phone or video chat. Keeping up with other people is important.

Quarantine in place:

Quarantine is more rigorous isolation. This is what you will do if you suspect that you are ill or have come into contact with someone who is ill. You are not only staying at home but you’re staying away from everyone else in your home. Don’t leave your house. Have food delivered. Anybody in contact with you should be wearing gloves and mask and washing their hands.

If you do not live alone, use your own set of towels, plates, glasses, and utensils. If possible do not share a bathroom with other people in the house.

If you become ill:

  • Quarantine in place immediately
  • Other members of your household should also quarantine in place
  • Stay at home drink plenty of fluids, treat your symptoms, and talk to your primary health provider by phone or email
  • Do not go in to a hospital or clinic unless you have severe issues that require emergency assistance
  • Inform anyone that you have had more than passing contact with for the past 36 hours that you have become ill
  • Keep a log of your symptoms including your temperature every three hours or so
  • Make a list of your current medications and medical history. You may find the form at this link useful: https://assets.aarp.org/www.aarp.org_/articles/learntech/wellbeing/medication-record.pdf
  • Seek help immediately if you experience:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to wake
    • Bluish lips or face

Jane Herman

Mosier Fire lost a beloved volunteer. Jane Herman passed away recently. She was one of the early EMTs for the district back when it was the Mosier City Fire Department. She enjoyed helping everyone she met whether on an incident or at the station. She helped in many areas of the district. She filled role secretary for the district safety committee, along with assisting with the Fire Board.

Jane’s volunteerism is not measured in size but by depth of her commitment to make a difference to her community.

Your memory will always live on in our hearts.

There will be a service at 11:00am March 2 2019 at Anderson’s Tribute center in Hood River then Idlewild cemetery. After the service there will be a potluck at the Mosier Grange Hall.

Regulated Use Closure

ODF The Dalles is now in Regulated Use Closure.

This means that all lands protected by the Central Oregon Forest Protection District have the following restrictions:

  • Smoking is prohibited while traveling except in vehicles on improved roads.
  • Open fires are prohibited except in designated areas. These include campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires, and warming fires. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed. Open fires are allowed if conducted in compliance with a valid Burning Permit issued pursuant to ORS 477.515.
  • Chainsaw use is prohibited between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one operational 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition a fire watch is required at least one hour following the use of each saw. 
  • Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is prohibited between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. At all other times the area is to be cleared of flammable vegetation and the following fire equipment is required: one axe, one shovel, and one operational 2 1⁄2 pound or larger fire extinguisher in good working order.
  • The use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited except on improved roads and except for vehicle use by a landowner and employees of the landowner upon their own land while conducting activities associated with their livelihood.
  • When driving vehicles other than all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles not on federal and state highways, county roads and driveways the following firefighting equipment is required: one shovel and one gallon of water or one operational 21⁄2 pound or larger fire extinguisher.  All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with an approved spark arrestor in good working condition.
  • Mowing of dried grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • Use of fireworks is prohibited.
  • Blasting is prohibited.
  • Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed be a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and 2) Operated in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions.

2018 REGULATED CLOSURE (1)

Burn Ban

As a reminder, this Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 12:01am, the Oregon Department of Forestry, The Dalles Unit will enter the annual Burn Ban. This means no open burning is permitted in Hood River and Wasco counties, including burn barrels and debris piles. All existing permits will be void until the burn ban is lifted. Some permits for agricultural burning may still be obtained through ODF or your local fire agency. The ban is a coordinated effort between State, City and Rural Fire Districts, who will monitor and enforce illegal activity. If you see illegal burning or a fire please report it as soon as possible.

Also, if you did conduct debris burning this spring, please check your burn areas to ensure that the area is cold. Debris burns that are several months old can rekindle and escape as a result of holdover heat that may not be visible, which can subsequently cause wildfires during the hot summer months. Please assist local fire districts in these prevention measures.

 

For questions or to stay up to date on current fire restrictions,
please visit our website or contact us at:
www.oregon.gov/ODF/centraloregon
(541) 296-4626
Oregon Department of Forestry

 

FIRE CHIEF JOB OPENING – MOSIER, OR

Mosier Fire Department, a special tax district of Oregon, announces an exciting opportunity for Mosier Fire Chief, a full time leadership position managing a small, rural volunteer fire agency in Mosier, OR. Located in the spectacular Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, MFD provides fire suppression, EMS, rescue and fire prevention activities for approximately 1400 homes across 22 square miles in the NW corner of Wasco County. Our 2017-18 General Fund budget is $318,471, plus we have significant capital reserve funds and recent major grants. We are fortunate to have a cadre of dedicated, long-serving volunteers and are growing to serve our community. The Chief reports to Mosier Fire District Board. www.MosierFire.com

Starting salary: $43,800 – $51,672/year

A generous Chiefs benefits package includes: Oregon PERS retirement; Medical, Vision, Dental and Health insurance, in addition to State required employee benefits (work comp, etc.) Paid time off includes 2 weeks of vacation accrued annually years 1-4; add one week accrued annually at year 5 and add another week accrued annually at 5 year intervals after that. Nine recognized holidays per year. Sick time is accrued monthly with no ceiling on accruable sick time. Comp time given for hours worked on planned vacation, sick or holiday time or as Board-approved.

Mosier Fire Chief Job Description 

All candidates must pass an Oregon State CJIS LEDS criminal background check to be hired. Information: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/cjis/pages/adminrules.aspx

Applicants must email a completed job application and send copies of required professional certifications. Please indicate starting salary or benefits requests if they exceed ours in your cover letter. You may also send additional information, such as references, relevant Fire/EMS certifications and documentation of experience meeting the essential duties, necessary knowledge/abilities and job qualification requirements from the Mosier Fire Chief job description or demonstrate the listed job requirements will be met within three months.

To apply, email your completed and signed job application, cover letter outlining how you meet the specific job qualifications and attach copies of required certifications. Applications will be accepted 2/25/18 to midnight 3/11/18.

We accept email applications only. Please send to:
jobs@mosierfire.com
Attn: Hiring Committee, Mosier Fire Dept.
RE: Fire Chief job opening

Qualified veterans and candidates already living or having access to housing in the Columbia River Gorge will be given application priority.

Initial qualification review / interviews begin Tues March 13, 4-8pm, Sun. March 18, 11-2pm and Thurs. March 22, 6-8pm.

Thank you for your interest!

Request For Proposal

Today Mosier Fire released a public RFP for the supply of full structural turnouts and SCBA equipment. Potential suppliers have until the 28th of this month to respond.

The turnouts committee (and anyone else that is interested) will then review all the proposals and ask the front runners to chat about their proposal and demo the equipment. Then we’ll test all the equipment using the criteria in the RFP and make our recommendations to the board using the evaluation as described in the RFP.

These are exciting times for Mosier Fire as we start to procure the equipment that will allow us to perform more effectively and more safely.

Download the RFP: RFP-2011.03(PPE+SCBA).  (May take a moment to load)