Friday
September 18 2020
11:37 PM
Western Oregon declared high fire danger
by Oregon Herald staff
  Wednesday July 29, 2020 - 11:37 AM
 
SALEM, Ore. – As of today, due to extreme heat and drier conditions, all Oregon Department of Forestry districts in western Oregon have raised the fire danger level to high (yellow) except for the coastal counties of Clatsop, Coos, Curry and Tillamook, which remain at moderate fire danger. Counties experiencing high fire danger in western Oregon include Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill.

"Fighting fires in hot and dry conditions is extremely taxing on those who are trained to protect our lands from fire," said Unit Forester Chet Behling with ODF's Western Lane District. "We are asking that our public remain mindful of this as they conduct activities throughout the coming days."

Various potential fire-starting activities are more closely restricted during periods of declared high fire danger. Specific restrictions may vary, so check with your local ODF district office or the online state map at https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/firerestrictions/PFR.html

Human-caused wildfires are an even bigger concern for wildland firefighters in western Oregon as fire danger increases to high in most areas west of the Cascades

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