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Termination of Fire Season

Fire Season is officially over. Below find the formal notice from ODF. Please contact the Fire Chief at 541-478-3333 for a burn permit before doing any burning. Business hours are generally 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday; if you get our voicemail please leave a message.

STATE OF OREGON
DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
TERMINATION OF FIRE SEASON
Number 16
Effective 12:01 a.m., PDT, October 12, 2018
WHEREAS, it has been determined by the State Forester that conditions of fire hazard no longer exist on the following described:
CENTRAL OREGON FOREST PROTECTION DISTRICT.
NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority invested in me by the provisions of ORS 477.505, do hereby terminate Fire Season on the above described lands.
Nancy Hirsch, Deputy State Forester
Oregon Department of Forestry
October 10, 2018

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ODF Regulated Use Terminates at 12:01 October 9

The Oregon Department of Forestry, Central Oregon District, will terminate Regulated Use Closure (Public Restrictions) effective at 12:01 Tuesday October 9, 2018.

As a result of terminating Regulated Use, the following activities will no longer be restricted.

  • Campfires, charcoal and cooking fires are allowed.
  • Chainsaws can be used all day long.
  • Cutting, grinding and welding can occur all day long.
  • Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles can be driven off road.
  • Mowing of dried grass is can occur all day long.
  • Fireworks and blasting are no longer restricted.

Fire Season is still in effect at this time (which requires fire equipment on logging sites with a fire watch).

In addition, the burn ban in Hood River and Wasco counties are still in effect at this time.

ODF tightens Public Use Restrictions

STATE OF OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

FIRE RESTRICTIONS REGULATED CLOSURE PROCLAMATION

Number 02

Effective 12:01 a.m., PDT, July 20th, 2018

By virtue of the authority vested in me under the provisions of ORS 477.535 to 477.550, I hereby proclaim a Regulated Closure to be in effect in the following subject area: All lands protected by the Central Oregon Forest Protection District, and all forestland within one-eighth mile thereof.

Under this Regulated Closure it is unlawful to be in violation of the following restrictions:

 Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.

 Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in designated areas. 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 10:00 a.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 10:00 a.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 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher in good working order.

 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.

 Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on federal and state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one operational 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher, except all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles which 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 10:00 a.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.

Aside from these restrictions, also prohibited throughout fire season is backyard debris burning, the use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition. (Backyard debris burning is allowed by permit only).

The State Forester or an authorized representative may, in writing, approve a modification or waiver of these requirements.

These restrictions shall remain in effect until replaced, suspended, or terminated by an additional proclamation of the State Forester or an authorized representative.

Maps of the subject area may be viewed at the State Forester’s Office, in Salem, Oregon, and at principal offices of the Forest Protection District.

Definitions of words and phrases used in this proclamation may be found in ORS 477.001, OAR 629-041-0005.

Michael Shaw/District Forester Central Oregon District Oregon Department of Forestry July 18, 2018

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

 

No Open Burning

As of Tuesday 5/15/2018 open burning is not allowed. Burn barrels are still ok from 6:00am until 11:00am with a valid permit. Permits can be obtained by contacting Chief Mike Renault. Thank you for keeping our community safe.

Mike Renault now full time at Mosier Fire

Chief Mike Renault has started as full time Chief at Mosier Fire. His hours are generally 8:30am – 4:30pm M-F, though he will be varying those as the job requires. Chief Renault brings over 30 years of experience in the fire service to Mosier Fire. All of us at Mosier Fire look forward to continuing to work with Chief Renault. If you haven’t yet met Mike, stop by and introduce yourself.