September 5, 2017
Smoky greetings to our Starker Forests recreation and hunting permittees,
Red Flag Warnings continue across most of Oregon today, as well as continued extreme heat warnings and air quality alerts. Conditions on the ground remain ideal for new fire starts and extreme fire behavior on existing fires. Human-caused fires have continued to be an issue on Oregon’s forestlands. Please do all you can to help prevent human-caused wildfires. Know and follow the fire restrictions and closures for where you are located or will be traveling. To find that information on ODF-protected lands, go to http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.
There is a good news – bad news scenario shaping up for later in the week. We could get some moisture in some areas, but there is a chance it could come with lightning. The forecast this morning indicated that we could move out of the Red Flag conditions for very dry and unstable conditions, to a Red Flag for thunderstorm on Thursday.
We are at a critical drawdown level for the ODF West Oregon District this morning. This means fire fighting equipment and personnel are elsewhere. With the significant growth of the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia River Gorge, ODF West Oregon District sent two engines that way this morning. ODF is slowly getting some of their other resources back from other fires (that have timed out after 14 day assignments), but the call for resources on all of the fires is still outpacing our ability to meet all the needs. Many of the other large fires that have been on the landscape for a while saw significant growth yesterday and last night.
Starker Forests lands remain open to walk-in recreation and hunting. Please help us continue to have no fire starts on our lands this year.
July 26, 2017
Due to increasing fire danger the Oregon Department of Forestry has, on July 17, 2017, ordered new regulations on forestlands protected by the department in our area. All Starker Forests lands are covered by these regulations.
Under this order it is unlawful to be in violation of the following restrictions:
- Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and either one gallon of water or one operational 2½ pound or larger ABC rated fire extinguisher.
- Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.
- Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires.
- Non-Industrial chain saw use is prohibited.
- Use of motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads.
- Use of fireworks is prohibited.
- Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is prohibited.
- Mowing of dried and cured grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
- Also prohibited throughout fire season are backyard debris burning, the use of exploding targets and the use of tracer ammunition.
- Sky lanterns are prohibited year round in Oregon.