Willamette National Forest

Campfires in Developed Sites Now Prohibited

A campfire ban will go into effect across the Willamette National Forest on Saturday, August 1. Extremely dry conditions in conjunction with current and expected weather forecasts have elevated the potential risk of wildfire throughout the area.

This temporary ban prohibits all campfires, even in developed sites and in campfire rings. Smoking is also prohibited, except in vehicles, trailers, and buildings.

Campfires in Developed Sites Now Prohibited

A campfire ban will go into effect across the Willamette National Forest on Saturday, August 1. Extremely dry conditions in conjunction with current and expected weather forecasts have elevated the potential risk of wildfire throughout the area.

This temporary ban prohibits all campfires, even in developed sites and in campfire rings. Smoking is also prohibited, except in vehicles, trailers, and buildings.

Fire danger"The potential for fires to start and then grow rapidly will be high due to hot temperatures and low humidity," said Greg Wagenblast, ODF's South Cascade District forester.

Heavy Rain, Wind and Flooding Predicted: Visitors Discouraged from Visiting Forest this Weekend 

Forest Supervisor Meg Mitchell is encouraging folks to stay home this weekend and avoid traveling in the Willamette National Forest.

Industrial Fire Precaution Level also increases

Due to increased fire danger levels, the Willamette National Forest will initiate the following public use restrictions, effective Thursday, September 11:
Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, or campfire, including a charcoal fire, except in campfire rings at posted, developed and designated recreation areas (see list below) and in Wilderness areas. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuel are still permissible in dispersed areas.

Industrial Fire Precaution Level Increases on the Willamette National Forest
Due to increased fire danger levels, the Willamette National Forest is increasing the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) to a three, effective 12:01 am on Thursday, September 11.
The IFPL applies to permitted and industrial operations, including woodcutting, on federal lands. IFPL III is considered a “partial shutdown.” Under a level III, the following activities are prohibited, except as indicated:

USFS press releaseFirefighters are responding to several dozen small fires across the Willamette National Forest. Thunderstorms that occurred over the past two days produced over 2,000 lightning strikes.

8/3/13 Update on Fires in Willamette National Forest

Willamette Forest NewsThe predicted lightning storm passed over the southern and central portions of the Willamette National Forest yesterday evening, igniting numerous small fires. One blaze in the headwaters of the Middle Fork Willamette River near Timpanogas Lake quickly grew to 15 acres.

Goose project tree sitterJudge Aiken concluded today (3/26/13) that although the Environmental Analysis was adequate an Environmental Impact Statement will be necessary. The Forest Service is enjoined from going forward with the Goose Project until an EIS has been prepared.

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