Tuesday, May 25, 2021

All Campgrounds to Open Thursday, May 27th

After a year of closures, all campgrounds on the Tillamook State Forest will open for public use this Thursday, May 27th. 

Along with all previously reopened campgrounds, Nehalem Falls, Jones Creek, Gales Creek, Browns Camp, and Reehers Camp Campgrounds will open their gates throughout the day on Thursday.

Despite the return to a more normal usage pattern, group sites will remain closed until further notice and all campers are asked to follow current health and safety guidelines. Please continue to check this and other ODF sources for additional information.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Trip Planning - Oregon's Statewide Recreation Site Status Map

Oregon's natural resource agencies and outdoor recreation partners have partnered to create a Recreation Site Status Map that shows the status of popular trails, parks and campgrounds across Oregon.

This map is designed to inform people about fire impacts, restoration efforts and hazardous areas by displaying open, closed and areas of reduced services on a single map across multiple jurisdictions and regardless of the reasons for a closure.  This tool provides a one-stop shop for Oregonians and out of state visitors alike. This map ensures all of us can plan ahead and "Know Before You Go" to help reduce risk, minimize impacts to recovery efforts and recreate responsibly.

You can view the PSA Video on YouTube to learn more about the Oregon Recreation Facility Status Map .

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Phased Opening of Campgrounds Starts in Oregon's State Forests (Updated 05.13.2021)

The Recreation Team is moving forward with plans for a phased opening of recreation facilities in Oregon's State Forests.  Many of these sites were not able to open in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

On Thursday, May 6, 2021 the following facilities will open in the Tillamook State Forest:

  • Diamond Mill OHV Campground
  • Jordan Creek OHV Campground
On Thursday, May 6, 2021 fees will resume at the following locations in the Tillamook State Forest:
  • Cedar Creek Designated Sites
  • North Fork Wilson Designated Sites
On Thursday, May 13, 2021 the following facility will open in the Clatsop State Forest:
  • Northrup Creek Horse Camp
  • Campers desiring to stay at Northrup Creek are required to book a campsite through ReserveAmerica.com prior to their stay.  Many of the campsites are exclusively available to campers with horses.
On Thursday, May 20, 2021 the following facilities will open:
  • Spruce Run Campground (Clatsop State Forest)
  • Beaver Eddy Campground (Clatsop State Forest)
  • Morrison Eddy Campground (Tillamook State Forest)
Please be sure to read all information boards when you visit forest facilities to learn about site operation changes and COVID requirements.

Additional campground opening information will be posted on this blog as it becomes available.  Thank-you for your continued patience and support.

Monday, May 10, 2021

May is Wildfire Awareness Month

 Wildfire awareness month: Run-away debris burning leads human-caused wildfires

SALEM, Ore. – Fire departments and prevention groups urge everyone to dispose of yard debris, rather than burn it. This year’s warm and dry conditions have already caused fires to burn many acres quickly. Rather than burning yard debris, you can help prevent wildfires by chipping or recycling it.

The Oregon Department of Forestry has declared fire season for parts of the state. This year about 180 fires have already burned about 1,900 acres. April’s dry, warm conditions prompted some county-wide burn bans.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month. This is a great time to trim trees and tidy up bushes and plants around your home that could easily catch fire. This is especially true after this winter’s ice storm. Because of the dry weather, as you begin spring clean-up, the Oregon Department of Forestry and Keep Oregon Green urge you to consider alternatives to burning.

“The time to safely burn yard debris has passed,” said Keep Oregon Green President Kristin Babbs. “Waiting until next fall or winter after heavy rains prevents piles burned this spring from re-starting during the heat of the summer. Burn piles can hold heat for several weeks and start again under warm, windy conditions.” Babbs said delaying your burn plans will give the debris more time to cure. You can cover a part of the pile with plastic to keep it dry until it’s safe to burn.

If burning now is the only option to dispose of yard debris, fire prevention specialists ask people to follow safe burning practices. The following tips can help stop run-away burn piles:

  • Call before you burn - Burning regulations vary by location depending on the weather and fuel conditions. If you are planning to burn, check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry district, fire protective association, or air protection authority to learn about current burning restrictions or regulations, and if you need a permit.
  • Know the weather - Never burn on dry or windy days, because fires can spread out of control more easily.
  • Clear a 10-foot buffer - Make sure there are no tree branches or power lines above or fuels around your pile.
  • Keep burn piles small - Large burn piles can cast hot embers long distances. Use small piles, maximum of four feet by four feet. Add only a little debris as the pile burns, to keep it small.
  • Always have water and fire tools nearby - When burning, have a water hose on and ready or a bucket of water, and shovel and dirt to put out the fire. Drown the pile with water, stir the coals, and drown again, repeating until the fire is out cold.
  • Stay with the fire until it is out cold – State laws requires monitoring of debris burn from start to finish until it is out cold. This law is intended to ensure sparks or embers that jump from the fire can be put out quickly. Recheck burn piles. They can retain heat for several weeks and restart when the weather warms up and winds blow.
  • Never use gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquids to start or speed up your fire. Every year, about 60 percent of the Oregon Burn Center cases are from yard debris burning.
  • Only burn yard debris - State laws prohibit burning materials in the open that create dense smoke or noxious odors.
  • Costs of run-away debris burns– State law requires the proper clearing, building, attending and extinguishing of open fires all year. Citations can cost $2,000. If your debris burn spreads out of control, you will have to pay for putting the fire out, and likely the damage to your neighbors’ properties. This can be extremely expensive.

More tips on wildfire prevention, including campfire safety, motorized equipment use, and fire-resistant landscaping can be found on the Keep Oregon Green site, www.keeporegongreen.org/. Find public use restrictions for Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands here: https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/firerestrictions/PFR.html.