An update on IFPL for the Mt Hood National Forest. Here is the link https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_MEDIA/stelprd3790987.jpg
Beginning Sunday morning September 3rd at 12:01 AM (0001), Protection Units MH-1 and MH-4 will increase to IFPL IV.
Here is the latest information from Jennifer Wade, Recreation & Lands Program Manager at the Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisors Office.
This is turning out to be an extreme fire season. With increased fire activity, fully utilized fire resources, and weather forecasts, the forest has made the decision to move into a total fire ban. This prohibits campfires anywhere on the forest, including developed campgrounds.
Level IV – General Shutdown
All operations are prohibited.
Waivers will not be issued.
The forest will be going into Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) 4 tonight. This means all industrial operations will be prohibited, including chainsaw operation, or anything that is spark producing.
Limiting equipment operation, along with campfires, target shooting, and OHV use help reduce the chance of a human-caused fire.
The forest has also closed the Pacific Crest Trail from Lolo Pass Road to Cascade Locks. We are advising hikes to shuttle directly from Timberline Lodge and find a way to Stevenson, WA to avoid evacuation efforts at Cascade Locks. A trail re-rout sign for this closure is attached.
Here are some links on more information related to the local fires, and the forest:
Inciweb for Indian Creek Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5403/#
Inciweb for Eagle Creek Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/#
Mt. Hood National Forest Alerts: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/alerts-notices
Mt. Hood IFPL Site: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/home/?cid=stelprdb5191875#top