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Know before you go, hunters! Follow fire restrictions and closures

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

SALEM, Ore.— Oregon’s most popular hunting season (centerfire deer) opens Saturday, Sept. 29 statewide with warm, dry weather still in the forecast.

“We have had a very tough fire season with the number of human-caused wildfires well above average,” says Oregon Department of Forestry’s Tom Fields. “Fire danger remains high in many areas and the slightest spark still carries a great deal of potential to turn into a large fire.”

Fire restrictions and closures are still in effect in some areas. It is each hunter’s responsibility to know access conditions and restrictions before heading out. Here are some places to find that information:

Here are some of the most common fire restrictions according to ODF:

  • Campfires are either prohibited or only allowed in approved campgrounds in many areas.
  • Exploding targets, tracer ammunition, smoking and off-road driving (incl. motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles) are prohibited in most areas.
  • Vehicles must have either a gallon of water or a fully charged and operational 2½-pound fire extinguisher and shovel (except when travelling on state highways or county roads).
  • ATVs must have a charged and operational 2½ pound fire extinguisher.

Fields with Oregon Department of Forestry also notes these other fire prevention measures to keep in mind:

  • Keep vehicles in good working condition. Hot particles exiting exhaust systems through faulty catalytic converters can ignite multiple fires along roadways.
  • When towing, keep chains from dragging and generating sparks.
  • Where campfires are allowed (approved campgrounds), be sure and fully extinguish the fire before leaving or going to bed.
  • In lieu of campfires, use portable cooking stoves that use liquefied fuels (check local restrictions).

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Contact:

Michelle Dennehy, (503) 947-6022, Michelle.N.Dennehy@state.or.us

 
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