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.
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.
As of July 21, 2021 the following wildfires are in Oregon:
- Bootleg Fire – is burning ~15 miles northwest of Beatty. Smoke from the fire is highly visible from Oregon State Highway 140, Sprague River Highway, Chiloquin and the surrounding area. Area residents and Forest visitors are asked to avoid the fire area, including Forest Roads 44, 46 and 3462, as well as Head of the River Campground and Sycan Crossing dispersed campground.
- Elbow Creek Fire – is burning ~31 miles southeast of Walla Walla, Washington, in the Grande Ronde River drainage near Mud Springs, Washington. The fire is burning on both sides of the Grande Ronde River and is on or threatening Umatilla National Forest lands (entire forest is temporarily closed), Wallowa-Whitman National Forest lands, Vale District Bureau of Land Management lands and Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands.
- Jack Fire – is burning ~20 miles east of Glide. A Level 3 evacuation (GO!) remains in effect for all homes, businesses and recreation areas located on Highway 138 between mile marker 43 east to Eagle Rock Campground. Current and interactive fire evacuation map can be found on Douglas County Sheriff’s Office website.
Depending on your region, you and your visitors may be impacted by neighboring states that are currently experiencing wildfires.
Thank you to all the firefighters who are working to keep Oregon’s residents and visitors safe.