Friday, June 25, 2021

Fire Danger Still in HIGH - Updated July 13, 2021

Northwest Oregon is heading into an intense weather event that will bring with it the potential for historically high temperatures and dry conditions partnered with a light off-shore air flow.  

The critical fire danger period is Friday, June 25 through Monday, June 28, 2021 with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees predicted in the valley for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

To reduce the likelihood of a wildfire the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) moved the Fire Restriction Zones that encompass the Tillamook State Forest into HIGH Fire Danger effective Friday, June 25, 2021 at 1:00 AM.  Update: As of July 13, 2021 - this closure is still in effect.

Because of the severe weather conditions, in order to be able to respond quickly in the event a wildfire does occur, the Oregon Department of Forestry will be bringing on severity response resources including putting a firefighting helicopter and hand crews on standby as well as increasing agency staff patrolling ODF protected lands over the weekend.

HIGH Fire Danger means the following for Public Use:

  • Campfires are limited to designated recreation sites using the metal fire grates installed by the Oregon Department of Forestry (unless posted otherwise at the site).  This includes:
    • Fee Campgrounds
    • Developed Day Use Areas
    • Designated Recreation Areas
    • Designated Campsites

  • Cooking is limited to designated recreation sites using the following methods:
    • Metal fire pits installed by the Oregon Department of Forestry
    • Propane or gas camp stoves
    • Propane or gas BBQ grills

  • OHV Trails are CLOSED effective at 1:00 AM on Friday, June 25, 2021 until the Fire Danger drops back down to Moderate.
    • OHV activity is only allowed on the maintained gravel roads in designated OHV areas of Browns Camp, Lyda Camp, Jordan Creek, Trask and Diamond Mill

Updates to the Fire Danger conditions and Public Use Restrictions for the Tillamook State Forest will be posted on this blog as they occur.

Thanks for your help in keeping the Tillamook State Forest free from wildfires!

Road Closures

Jordan Creek Road

Effective 06.25.2021 - Jordan Creek Road will have intermittent closures Monday - Friday due to logging traffic between the 1.25 and 1.5 mile markers.  Logging cables will be strung over the road and a flagger will be on site to direct traffic through the area when it is safe to do so.

This closure is expected to last through mid-July.

Drift Creek Road

Drift Creek road is closed weekdays for rock hauling traffic.  The closure period is Monday through Friday, 5:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Regulated Use Fire Restrictions Start Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

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

At 1:00 AM on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 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.

Check out the "Fire Season" tab on this blog for information related to campfires, OHV trails and other regulated use requirements and restrictions related to public use of Oregon's State Forests.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

New Online GIS-enabled Map Details Tillamook County's Trails & Outdoor Recreation Areas

 Press Release from Visit Tillamook Coast

Tillamook County offers a bounty of outdoor recreation – fishing, hiking, kayaking, camping, surfing, birdwatching, horseback riding, mountain biking, even just hanging out on the beach. Now, with a new online GIS trails and recreation map, it’s easy to plan a trip, do the things you love, and discover new places to do them.

The GIS map is at and includes downloadable area maps if a person will be in an area without cell service. The GIS map lists more than 800 locations in 13 categories: campgrounds, parks and day use areas, trailheads, boat launches, beach and water access, dispersed campsites, equestrian trails, mountain bike trails, hiking trails, community trails, the Oregon Coast Trail, water trails, and other recreation.

“This recreation map is a ‘live map,’ one we’ll be updating with new features and data,” said Nan Devlin, executive director of Tillamook Coast Visitors Association. “We will also regularly gather information from our land managers and first responders throughout the county to keep the public informed of events, such as fires, trail changes or closures, King Tides and floods.”

 The GIS project is a collaborative effort of Tillamook County Wellness, Mt. Hebo Ranger Station, Tillamook County, Tillamook Coast Visitors Association, and New Youth Corps, which oversaw the intern, Samantha Goodwin, who gathered the database. Cardwell Creative of Salem transformed the data into a user-friendly website page.

Just click on an area of the map and a pop-up window provides information about each recreation site. Additional features will be added in the next few months, and there is a form on the website where recreation users can provide information. There are also links to public transportation, beach wheelchair reservations, and a page about prime birdwatching areas.

For more trip planning ideas, order or download a visitor guide at To learn about destination management – and to take our Tillamook Coast Pledge – go to