Increased Restrictions for Industrial Operations on Private Lands in Hood River and Wasco Counties

[THE DALLES, Ore.]  Industrial Fire Precaution Levels for Oregon Department of Forestry lands in Hood River and Wasco counties (MH-1 and MH-4) increased to Level 4 at 5:00 p.m. September 8, 2020.  This increase is a complete shut-down of all industrial activities without a valid waiver from the State Forester.  The intent of the shut-down is to reduce the risk of potential fires ignited from equipment or other industrial activities.

Fuel conditions are extremely dry at this time, with no precipitation in the forecast.  “Fire activity across the state is at historic levels and fire resources are stretched to capacity,” says Brian Reel, Acting Unit Forester for ODF’s The Dalles Unit.  “It is our focus to limit activities that could add another fire to the landscape.”

A regulated-use closure remains in effect for activities such as mowing of dry grass, chainsaw use, and open fire restrictions.  The closure also requires those traveling on forest roads to carry a shovel and a fire extinguisher (or one gallon of water).  Visit www.odfcentraloregon.com for full details.  The public is asked to be aware of any actions which could cause a wildfire.

ODF’s Central Oregon District continues to serve landowners and the public as an essential service for Oregonians.  Please call or email to talk with our staff or schedule an appointment.  For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com