The safety of our residents and visitors is our first priority and it's important we're all providing consistent messaging regarding wildfires, closures and air quality.
Updated Sept. 14
Like many states in the West, Oregon has seen an increase in the size of wildfires in recent years. While natural wildfires are a part of healthy forest ecosystems, uncontrolled wildfires caused by people can endanger lives, homes and vital natural resources.
On June 30th, Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency due to the imminent threat of wildfire across Oregon. On the heels of record-breaking high temperatures, much of the state is in high or extreme fire danger with red flag warnings in effect for hot, dry, windy conditions and dry thunderstorms.
Effective Thursday, July 22 no campfires will be allowed in state parks and in state-managed forests east of Interstate 5, even in designated campfire areas. This includes charcoal fires, cooking fires, warming fires, charcoal briquettes, pellet grills, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Portable cooking stoves or propane lanterns using liquefied or bottle fuels are allowed, though propane fire pits are not. To learn more about the campfire ban, visit the Oregon Department of Forestry website.
We’re currently monitoring the following wildfires in Oregon:
- Cougar Peak Fire – is currently burning approximately 15 miles northwest of Lakeview on the Fremont-Winema National Forest Lakeview Ranger District. Cottonwood Campground is located approximately 1.5 miles west of the Cougar Peak Fire. The campground was evacuated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon. Recreation sites in the area are closed, including Upper Cottonwood, as well as Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, due to the fire. Level 1 and Level 3 evacuation advisories are currently in effect in the area.
- Bull Complex – is a group of fires burning along the southern side of Mount Hood National Forest. Area closures are in place on both the Willamette and Mt. Hood National Forests, along with the existing area closures from the 2020 Lionshead, Beachie, and Riverside Fires. Level 1 (Be Ready) evacuation advisory in effect for Breitenbush Hot Springs Resort.
- Devil’s Knob Complex– is a group of fires mostly burning on the Tiller Ranger District and on private lands protected by Douglas Forest Protective Association. Level 2 Evacuation (prepare to leave at a moment’s notice) is in effect for Ash Creek – South Umpqua Road. Forest Road 29 is open for access out of Ash Valley as is north 28 (south 28 is temporarily impassable).
- Middle Fork Complex – is burning ~9 miles north of Oakridge. Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuation in effect for all homes, campgrounds and dispersed recreation along Forest Service Road 18 (Big Fall Creek Road) east of the intersection with Forest Service Road 1821, including Puma Campground and Bedrock Campground. As of August 23, closures have been expanded to include general forest areas, developed recreational sites, roads, and trails on the Middle Fork Ranger District and additional sites on the McKenzie River Ranger District.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, read this guide to what you need to know about wildfire season in Oregon.
Depending on your region, you and your visitors may be impacted by neighboring states that are currently experiencing wildfires.
- Read here for the latest on California’s wildfires.
- Read here for the latest on Washington State’s wildfires.
Thank you to all the firefighters who are working to keep Oregon’s residents and visitors safe.