Due to warmer and drier conditions, the Oregon Department of Forestry’s West Oregon District is in High Fire Danger for the general public on lands it protects in Benton, Polk, Lincoln and southwest Yamhill counties.
This week’s heat wave also brings an increased chance of a fire start from industrial logging operations. Fire restrictions have been increased on industrial operations in the West Oregon District.
Temperatures are expected to reach over 100 degrees in the Willamette Valley and the eastern slopes of the coast range through Thursday August 3.
“The hot weather is quickly drying out fuels like grasses and brush. Forecasts are for critically dangerous fire conditions, which means a small fire can easily grow to a large fire quickly.
Most fires are human caused, so authorities are asking logging operators and the public to be aware of the high fire danger and prevent fires before they start. Also, it’s important to follow listed fire restrictions that are now in place. That means no campfires, no fireworks, and no smoking, among others.
ODF’s West Oregon District declared fire season on July 3. So far this summer, the West Oregon District has responded to about 20 fires, most of which were small and quickly contained. However, August typically sees more fires and greater risk of those fires spreading quickly since fuels are drier and temperatures higher.
For further information on public use restrictions, and industrial restrictions, please call the Oregon Department of Forestry weekdays during regular business hours or visit ODF’s Fire Restrictions and Closures web page by clicking here.
* Benton County — Philomath Office 541-929-3266
* Lincoln County — Toledo Office 541-336-2273
* Polk or Yamhill counties — Dallas Office 503-934-8146