Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wildland Fire Minute

While the past six months in the Pacific Northwest have been cooler and wetter than normal, June, July, and August are predicted to be warmer than average. We will likely have a slower start to the fire season due to slow melt off of snow at the higher elevations.

Most years, lightning causes the majority of fires in the Pacific Northwest, this year we will have the added human factor of up to a million people visiting Oregon during the peak of fire season to witness the total solar eclipse. We are ramping up our fire prevention efforts with that in mind.

This year, we have a new partner in fire prevention. While we’ve worked with Rangeland Fire Protection Associations in fire suppression efforts for years, we are now embarking on a joint fire prevention campaign. YOU can help as well, by:

• ensuring campfires are cold to the touch before leaving them;
• avoiding parking or driving in dry grass; and
• remembering that fireworks and exploding targets are prohibited on Federal lands.

To learn more about the latest wildland fire conditions in the Pacific Northwest head on over to: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/

Video by Michael Campbell, BLM -- Graphics by Matt Christenson, BLM – Featuring Traci Weaver, BLM/U.S. Forest Service

Monday, May 22, 2017

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) camping information

ODF offers three types of camping opportunities: developed campgrounds, designated dispersed sites, and dispersed camping. All available campground sites have been booked
Dispersed camping
Dispersed camping is allowed in Oregon State Forests with no fee or permit requirements. Campers are required to adhere to ODF regulations regarding placement of campsites, campfires, sanitation, and stay limits. Campfires are not permitted during the regulated use portion of fire season. There is no map of dispersed camp spots.
Basic ODF Camping information
​As general rules: 
  • Don't camp within 25 feet of a river or stream.
  • Don't clear your own campsite or disrupt the natural environment.
  • Take all garbage with you when there are no garbage receptacles.
  • Don't deposit human waste within 100 feet of any campsite, trail or water body.
  • No fireworks.
  • Animals must be on 6 foot leash at all times and animal waste must be disposed of properly.
  • Limit of 8 people and 2 vehicles per campsite​(except in designated group campsites).
​See OAR 629, Division 25​ for a complete list of rules and regulations affecting camping on Oregon State Forests.​​​
Please visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/index.aspx for further information.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

From Travel Oregon

Oregon Solar Eclipse Guide

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This limited edition guide provides all the essential details about the 2017 total solar eclipse and the Oregon cities in the path of totality.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

One concern along eclipse path: Wildfires - KOIN6

One concern along eclipse path: Wildfires- KOIN6

One concern along eclipse path: Wildfires - KOIN6

“With that many people potentially gathering on our public lands it could leave a significant mark,” said Traci Weaver with the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forestry Service. “We are asking people to follow the ‘leave no trace standards,’ to pack it in and pack it out.”

Weaver suggested eclipse watchers be very careful using any fire-starting device and to make sure campfires are completely extinguished. And she suggested you know what resources are there once you get to your spot.

“There isn’t a gas station for miles and miles, there isn’t water for miles and miles, so know what is around and be prepared.”
Both the Forest Service and the BLM want everyone to be on their best behavior. But they’re also providing extra knowledge for people.

“One of the things that we are trying to do here in Oregon is to help prepare for all the visitors we are going to have by adding extra fire education out there for those people who are viewing the eclipse,” said Lauren Maloney, a fire mitigation and education specialist with the BLM. “People might not know when they pull over and park on dry grass they can spark a wildfire.”
Both Maloney and Weaver want people to be “extra aware” and to prepare for “different scenarios that could happen.”

An extra layer of concern is there will be a lot of people in forestland during the eclipse. That means it may take extra time for firefighters to get to any wildfire that flare up.

“You can’t expect to get from Point A to Point B on a normal timeline if you’re in the path of totality, that prime area for viewing the eclipse. It will take extra time,” Maloney said. “If there are emergencies, if people are injured or wildfire events, emergency vehicles are going to need access.

People need to be aware and pay attention to emergency vehicles and pull over, not on dry grass, and let emergency vehicles get through.”

Thursday, March 23, 2017

17 places to watch the 2017 solar eclipse around Oregon- Oregon Live

The eclipse is happening on Monday, Aug. 21, beginning at about 9 a.m. and reaching totality about 10:15 a.m. State officials expect some 1 million people to flood into Oregon for the eclipse, a mass gathering that will undoubtedly lead to clogged roadways, packed cities and overflowing campgrounds. http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2017/03/17_places_to_watch_the_2017_so.html