Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Regulated Use Fire Restrictions Start Saturday, July 22, 2017

What do "Fire Restrictions" mean for your next visit to the Tillamook State Forest?

At 1:00 AM on Saturday, July 22, 2017, the Northwest Oregon Forest Protective Association (NWOFPA), which includes the Tillamook State Forest, enters into the Regulated Use portion of fire season.

When you pass an orange or yellow sign like the ones pictured at the right it means that Regulated Use is in effect. 

For folks headed out to rural areas or to the Tillamook State Forest, there are several things to keep in mind as you prepare for your trip and while you are out in the woods during regulated use. 

Planning ahead and practicing fire safety will not only help keep Oregon's forests green, it may just save you a citation.

What do I have to bring with me?

While you are traveling through the forests and rural areas, unless you are on a state highway, county road or driveway, each vehicle must have one shovel and either one gallon of water or one operational 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.

Where can I have a campfire in the Tillamook State Forest?
You can have a campfire in the metal fire pits installed by the Oregon Department of Forestry in:
  • Fee Campgrounds & Developed Day Use Areas
  • Designated Recreation Areas
  • Designated Campsites
Where can I smoke?
You can smoke in the closed cabin of your vehicle on improved roads or while in Designated Recreation Areas, Fee Campgrounds or Designated Campsites.
How do I know if the trails are open?
Trail closures are tied to Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL) and will be posted on this blog. 
Designated OHV Trails in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, Trask and BLM Upper Nestucca Riding Areas:

  • IFPL 1 & IFPL 2 =  Trails are OPEN
  • IFPL 3 = Trails are CLOSED and riding is restricted to maintained gravel roads in those designated OHV areas
  • IFPL 4 = All riding CLOSED
Designated Non-Motorized Trails for Equestrians, Hikers and Mountain Bikers.
  • IFPL 1 & IFPL 2 = Trails are OPEN
  • IFPL 3 = Trails are OPEN but additional restrictions may be in place.
  • IFPL 4 = All trails are CLOSED
These are just a few key items to know when planning a trip during Regulated Use.  For more information or answers to specific questions, please call the Oregon Department of Forestry office nearest you.