Fire Season Is Here
The Mt. Hood National Forest will issue a Forest Order beginning Tuesday July 24, 2018 prohibiting all campfires and target shooting forest wide through the 2018 fire season. Cabin owners and forest visitors will still be able to utilize propane gas grills for outdoor cooking. However, charcoal, pellet stoves or an open flame source without a fuel shut off valve are prohibited.
The Recreation Residence tracts will be patrolled to ensure compliance of the forest order throughout the 2018 fire season. As a reminder to cabin owners and their guests, any violation of the order can result in enforcement under Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 261.
If a cabin owner witnesses a violation of the order in progress they can contact the Hoodland Fire Business Office, Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 503-622-3256. After hours and weekend non-emergency calls should be directed to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office at 503-655-8211 for reporting through their dispatch center. All emergency calls should be directed to 911 operators.
Forest Orders for the Mt. Hood National Forest are posted online at:https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/notices/?cid=FSBDEV3_036636
Or, quick link to Forest Alerts & Notices, Fire Danger conditions and Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) status:
Additionally, the IFPL increased on Monday July 23, 2018 to precaution level III. IFPL applies to permitted, commercial, and industrial operations on federal lands. More information can be found at:
If cabin owners have any questions regarding the Forest Order or IFPL’s they can contact Greg Martin at 503-622-2031 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be aware that runners will be on the roadways on the morning of the race. Use caution and be alert to help keep everyone safe.
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Fire Crews Make Good Progress on 25 Acre Wildfire Burning on Mt. Hood NF
A 25 acre wildfire was discovered late yesterday afternoon on the Clackamas River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National forest. The Collawash Fire is burning in grass and brush under a Bonneville Power Administration powerline corridor along Forest Road 63 south of Raab Campground. Multiple engines, water tenders, and hand crews are responding to the incident and making good progress in building a line around the fire. The cause of the wildfire is under investigation. No closures are currently in place but visitors should use caution driving near the fire area due the presence of firefighters and equipment along roads in the vicinity and the possibility of reduced visibility caused by smoke.
Fire management personnel have responded to over 40 wildfires this summer, and only 2 of these were lightening caused. Most of these fires were caused by abandoned campfires in dispersed recreation areas or along trails. Fire danger is high across the Mt. Hood National Forest. With the current high temperatures and low humidity any fire has the potential to grow fast. It is vitally important for visitors to be extremely careful with campfires, hot engine parts, and any ignition source. While no public use fire restrictions are in place currently, visitors may want to reconsider the use of open fires and target shooting while current conditions persist.
If you do have a campfire remember to douse the fire with water and soil before leaving your campsite so that it is cool to the touch. A little wind and a hot day is all it takes to re-ignite an abandoned campfire that has not been thoroughly put out.
Have a terrific summer and as Smokey the Bear reminds us all: Make sure all fires are Dead Out!
Last weekend a cabin owner on Rd 32/34 captured these photos on his cabin camera system of a man casing out his cabin – he came back a few times.
If you have a security camera system and capture suspicious people casing your cabin please send us photos. We will also be passing these along to the Clackamas County Sheriff.
As a reminder, be on the look out for suspicious activity and don’t hesitate to contact the Clackamas Sheriff Office to report any suspicious activity. The number to call is 503-655-8218. If you see a car that doesn’t look like it belongs – jot down the license plate number and report it. That is how the person responsible for dozens of cabin break ins 3 years ago was caught – by a couple of cabin owners that thought something didn’t look right – wrote down the license plate number and phoned it in. Due to the number of calls about the same license plate number, they were able to convict the right person. The Forest Watch Program Works!
If you don’t have a Forest Watch Decal for your cabin please contact us and we will mail one to you.
April 13, 2018
The Mt. Hood National Forest will open its personal use firewood-cutting season Monday, April 16, 2018. Personal use firewood permits sell for $10.00 per cord and there is a minimum 2 cord charge of $20. There is a 5 cord limit per household for the season.
While the Forest is opening firewood cutting season, some roads may be inaccessible depending on local conditions and snow level. Designated areas open for firewood cutting may change from week to week depending on supply and access, so it is important that firewood cutters refer to the current firewood cutting information sheet. Anyone cutting firewood on the Forest is required to have in their possession a valid permit with current firewood tags, a Mt. Hood National Forest Firewood Map, and a current firewood information sheet. Weekly information sheets showing current open areas are available at Ranger District offices and on our firewood web page.
To help insure that the Mt. Hood National Forest has a sustainable firewood program, please follow the guidelines below:
Before going to the forest, call your nearest Ranger Station for up-to-date information on supply and road conditions as road conditions can change quickly. Always let someone know where you are going and when you are expected home whenever traveling into the forest. It’s also a good practice to take along extra food, water, a forest map, and a first aid kit before setting off.
Purchase your personal use firewood cutting permits and get more information at the following Mt. Hood National Forest Office locations:
Firewood Permit Locations
(All offices closed for federal holidays)
Barlow Ranger District: 780 NE Court St., Dufur, OR, 541-467-2291
Monday through Friday: 7:45 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Clackamas River Ranger District: 595 Industrial Way, Estacada, OR, 503-630-6861
Monday through Friday: 7:45 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., closed 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
Hood River Ranger District: 6780 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR, 541-352-6002
Monday through Friday: 8:00 A.M to 4:30 P.M.
Zigzag Ranger District: 70220 E. Highway 26, Zigzag, OR, 503-622-3191
Monday through Friday: 8:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M., closed 12:00 P.M to 1:00 P.M.]]>