TILLAMOOK, Ore – Due to dry conditions in northwest forests, the Oregon Department of Forestry has declared public fire restrictions beginning Thursday, July 5. This is in addition to industrial restrictions already in effect.
Restrictions include; no open fires except at designated locations, no fireworks, and no use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition. Non-industrial chainsaw use is prohibited between 1-8 p.m. Smoking is not allowed while traveling except in closed vehicles on improved roads.
ODF officials urge members of the public to be prepared and take precautions to prevent fires, such as carrying a shovel and either a fire extinguisher or at least one gallon of water when traveling in the forest.
These restrictions apply to lands in Washington, Yamhill, Tillamook, Clatsop, Columbia, and parts of Multnomah County protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. To find out what restrictions are in place at any given location, go online to ODF’s statewide fire restrictions and closures page at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx. Questions may also be directed to local ODF offices.