Hot weather increases the fire danger for Northwest Oregon area – NW-2 & NW-3 “High” Fire Danger; NW-1 at Moderate

NORTHWEST, Ore. – As the warmer weather increases the temperatures in the northwest corner of the state, fire managers will be increasing the fire danger level to High (yellow) for recreationists using the forests in the NW-2 and NW-3 weather zones. This change will be effective at 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16th.

All OHV trails in the Nicolai Mountain OHV Riding Area will close at 1:00 pm daily during High (yellow) Fire Danger level.  Additionally, all campfires and barbeques are prohibited in the dispersed campsites in the Nicolai OHV Area (Shingle Mill, Viewpoint, Kerry, Plympton) and Lost Lake.

In NW-2 and NW-3 under the fire danger level High (yellow): Campfires are only allowed in designated metal fire pits at the following locations: Henry Rierson Spruce Run Campground, Gnat Creek Campground, Northrup Creek Horse Camp and Beaver Eddy sites in Clatsop County.  For other campgrounds, check with the corresponding ODF office.

Burn barrels and residential campfires are not allowed in NW-2 and NW-3 under High (yellow).

Fireworks, exploding targets/tracer ammunition, sky lanterns are prohibited at all levels during fire season.

For up-to-date recorded information about fire season requirements, call 503-325-7215.  To request a burning permit or obtain additional information, call 503-325-5451 during business hours.

Public Restrictions Website: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/pages/restrictions.aspx.

From ODF/Astoria:

We are looking at a short return to hot and dry conditions starting tomorrow. Wednesday appears to be the hottest day of the week, approaching the mid 90’s in the Coast Range and Willamette Valley.  There is some potential for some lightning Wednesday and Thursday, but it should be confined to the Cascades.  We should see a return to more seasonal conditions by this weekend.  With the return to more hot and dry weather for a few days, we will make changes to our public use restrictions.  No changes will be made to IFPL.  See below for where we will be starting tomorrow:

Public Use Restrictions (effective 1:00 am on 8/16/22):

NW-3: HIGH

NW-2: HIGH

NW-1: MODERATE

IFPL (no changes made):

NW-3: IFPL2

NW-2: IFPL2

NW-1: IFPL1

We continue to experience light to moderate initial attack (IA) across the district.  There has been good cooperation between ODF, landowners, and local operators on the fires.  Thank you to everyone that assisted whether that was in the suppression efforts or providing an extra set of eyes looking for smokes.