News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry – Posted on FlashAlert: August 17th, 2015 10:16 AM
Local Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire officials have increased the fire danger level in Clatsop County. The industrial fire protection level (IFPL) that regulates forest operations such as logging and road building on all forest lands is going to change. At 1 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, current levels will be:
NW 1 at Level II requiring a two-hour fire watch,
NW2 at Level III requiring a three-hour fire watch,
NW 3 at Level III requiring a three-hour fire watch.
The Astoria District is in regulated use, meaning that the public is also restricted on allowable activities on forest lands. Anyone driving on forest roads is required to have a shovel and either a 2.5-pound fire extinguisher or one gallon of water.
In NW 1 under Level II: No open debris burning. Burn barrels and residential campfires are allowed with an ODF-issued burn permit and chainsaw use on personal property is allowed until 1 p.m. daily.
In NW 2 and 3 under Level III: 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 dispersed sites in Clatsop County. For other campgrounds, check with the corresponding ODF office.
All OHV trails in the Nicolai Mountain OHV Riding Area are closed to OHV use due to the elevated fire danger. OHV operation in Nicolai Mountain, will be limited to travel on maintained gravel roads only. Also, all campfires and barbeques are prohibited in the dispersed campsites in the Nicolai OHV Area (Shingle Mill, Viewpoint, Kerry, Plympton and Lost Lake).
Burn barrels and residential campfires are not allowed under Level III.
The latest information about closures for the Astoria District will be updated on the Woodcutting Information message line at 503-325-7215 or at www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/field/astoria/aboutastoria.aspx