Sunday, July 30, 2017

Beaver Dam Paving Project: Smoothing out the Rough Edges

Many of you have commented over the past few months about the rough entry on the patch of pavement as you turn south onto Beaver Dam Road when you leave Highway 6 at milepost 33. (See map below.)

We are delighted to let you know that the asphalt will be patched in a multi-phase project over the next few weeks. 

While the goal is for the road to remai
n open during the work, there may be temporary closures or delays that impact traffic.

Here's the timeline for the work:

Monday, August 7:   Asphalt cutting.  No delays, half the road will be blocked at a time.  

Tuesday, August 8 -  Thursday, August 10:   2-3 days of excavation and fill work.  The work will be done to half the road at a time so vehicles may still pass.  There still might be very short delays when moving equipment or dumping rock.  The plan is to do the portions that may impact traffic first thing Tuesday morning. 

Tuesday, August 15 – ODOT will pave starting first thing in the morning and should only take about 4 hours.  Vehicles may experience short delays.   

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.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fire Season Declared for Northwest Oregon

Effective Monday, July 10, 2017 at 1:00 AM, the Northwest Oregon Fire Protective Association (NWOFPA) is in Fire Season.  This area includes the Tillamook State Forest and the Clatsop State Forest.

Don't let the cooler than average temperatures over the past few weeks fool you, fire season is here and it won't be long until the forests and fields are tinder dry. The Oregon Department of Forestry is ready to respond to any wildland fire situation that might occur but hopes that encouraging folks to practice increased fire safety will prevent the need for fire crews to be dispatched to face the flames of a wildfire.

While this doesn't mean that the Regulated Use Fire Restrictions are in effect, it does mean that sky lanterns, tracer rounds and exploding targets are prohibited on ODF protected lands. It also means most counties are either in a burn ban or will be entering a burn ban soon.  You should call your local fire department before lighting any burn piles, even if it's just yard debris. 

It's also a good time to plan ahead so you have your fire prevention tools and strategies in place for when Regulated Use does go into effect.  Prepare your vehicle for visiting State Forests or traveling in rural areas by packing a gallon of water or a 2.5 pound fire extinguisher and a shovel with an 8 inch blade that is at least 26 inches long from the tip of the handle to the tip of the shovel blade.

Thanks for your help in keeping Oregon's State Forests green!