Hot weather increases the fire danger level to high in northwest Oregon

NORTHWEST, Ore. — Due to the extreme high temperatures throughout the region, the 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 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. 

All OHV trails in the Nicolai Mountain OHV Riding Area will close at 1 p.m. 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). 

For industrial forest operations:  NW-1 will remain at Level I and NW-2 and NW-3 will move to Level II, with most operations shutting down at 1 p.m.   

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.