Continued warm, dry weather has prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry to increase fire restrictions in their West Oregon District especially in rural and forested areas of Benton, Lincoln, Polk and southern Yamhill Counties.
On state owned forest lands in the affected counties:
• Smoking is prohibited while traveling back roads or forest logging roads. Does not cover regular paved roads or highways
• Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at official locations where allowed. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
• No use of chain saws.
• Motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are prohibited, except on improved roads.
• Possession of basic firefighting equipment is required — one shovel and one gallon of water or a 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher – while traveling in the woods, except on state highways, county roads and driveways.
• No fireworks.
• No cutting, grinding and welding of metal of any kind.
The state forester or an authorized representative can approve a modification or waiver of these requirements under certain circumstances. Waiver must be submitted in writing. For additional information about fire conditions in the West Oregon District, contact your local Oregon Department of Forestry Office.