Fireworks: Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe

07/01/2016

June 23, 2016 Contacts: Rich Hoover Community Liaison Office of State Fire Marshal 503-934-8217 office 503-370-0033 pager The Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green,  natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to “Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe” when using fireworks. The 2016 Oregon fireworks…Read more »

Fire Season Begins July 5 in West Oregon District

07/01/2016

June 30, 2016 Contact: Pat MacMeekin 541-929-9165 Patrick.a.macmeekin@oregon.gov Fire Season Begins July 5 in West Oregon District  Due to increasing fire danger, the Oregon Department of Forestry has officially declared that fire season will go into effect at 1 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, in the West Oregon District. This area includes private, state, county and…Read more »

Fire Prevention Regulations Take Effect Thursday in Wild & Scenic Section of Rogue River

06/29/2016

June 28, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SOUTHWEST OREGON NEWS MEDIA Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District 5286 Table Rock Rd. Central Point, OR  97502 Contact: Brian Ballou, (541) 665-0662 or (541) 621-4156 Fire Prevention Regulations Take Effect Thursday in Wild & Scenic Section of Rogue River The fire danger level will be “high” (yellow)…Read more »

Bad time to play with fire

06/29/2016

Bad time to play with fire The Curry Coastal Pilot June 28, 2016 Fire season in Curry County, with its many restrictions, is underway — and it’s a good thing, too. The Southern Oregon Coast has received little rain in May and June — about an inch, total. Add an errant bottle rocket or two…Read more »

Our view: Fire season arrives in Eastern Oregon

06/29/2016

Our view: Fire season arrives in Eastern Oregon From the Pendleton East Oregonian June 28, 2016 Fire season officially kicked off Tuesday in Eastern Oregon. It has already been a brutal start to the season elsewhere across the West: Two people were killed in California wildfires that have burned about 100,000 acres. Other dangerous and…Read more »

High Wildfire Danger Regulations Take Effect Thursday in SW Oregon

06/29/2016

June 28, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SOUTHWEST OREGON NEWS MEDIA Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District 5286 Table Rock Rd. Central Point, OR  97502 Contact: Brian Ballou, (541) 665-0662 or (541) 621-4156 High Wildfire Danger Regulations Take Effect Thursday Continued hot and dry weather has made it necessary for the Oregon Department of Forestry…Read more »

Motorized access restricted into the Astoria Basin

06/15/2016

ODF: Motorized access restricted into the Astoria Basin The Oregon Department of Forestry is restricting a motorized access point into the Astoria Basin in an effort to mitigate the risk of fire during the 2016 fire season and to reduce garbage dumping. This restriction went into effect Monday, June 13, 2016, at 12 p.m. With a…Read more »

Spring clean-up should prevent, not start wildfires

06/15/2016

Spring clean-up should prevent, not start wildfires Many Oregonians have good intentions when they set out to eliminate the fire hazards around the home. But the way they go about it may actually start a wildfire. Using the right tool in the right place at the right time is crucial during clean-up. Example: In late…Read more »

Eight western states proclaim May Wildfire Awareness Month

05/26/2016

The governors of eight western states have signed a proclamation recognizing May 2016 as Wildfire Awareness Month. The chief executives of Oregon, Washington, Nevada, California, Idaho, Utah, Montana and South Dakota encourage all citizens to “take steps to better prepare their home and communities for wildfires and work toward becoming a fire-adapted community.”   These…Read more »

Prevent your campfire from turning into a wildfire

05/26/2016

Sitting around a campfire is one of the special times we all enjoy, but campfires are also a major cause of wildfires. May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon State Fire Marshal, and the Oregon Department of Forestry urge Oregonians to follow these basic outdoor safety tips: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO…Read more »