ASTORIA, Ore. – As soaking rains have lowered fire danger, Oregon Department of Forestry officials in the North Cascade and Northwest Oregon districts are the first statewide to declare the end of fire season as of Friday, Oct. 1. This covers ODF-protected lands in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Washington and northern Yamhill counties as well as Clackamas, Marion, northern Linn and eastern Multnomah counties. All other ODF districts around the state remain in fire season.
Recreationists will no longer be required to carry a shovel and fire extinguisher or one gallon of water. Regardless of time of year, ODF encourages everyone to be safe with fire in the forest. Always extinguish campfires with water and stirring with a shovel until cool to the touch before leaving the area.
With the end of fire season in Northwest Oregon, logging operations are no longer subject to fire protection laws, such as maintaining fire equipment at logging sites. This area includes all State, private and BLM forest lands in Northwest Oregon, which includes the areas served by ODF offices in Astoria, Columbia City, Forest Grove and Tillamook. Burning of logging slash however does require a burning permit.
In Clatsop County, the Clatsop County Fire Defense Board has lifted its countywide burn ban. If you live within a local fire district, please contact your local fire department to inquire about burn permits.
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