Current Fire Information

photo of firefigher in smoky wooded surroundingsWildfire activity on the Siuslaw National Forest ranging from fire danger levels, public use restrictions, and official closures.

For state and BLM lands, view the Oregon Department of Forestry fire restrictions and closures here.

FIRE DANGER LEVEL

High for all areas

 

Effective September 17, 2020

Click here for danger level descriptions by level (also known as Public Awareness Level)

 

PUBLIC USE RESTRICTIONS (Campfires, smoking, etc.)

a) Building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire, fire, or stove fire.  

36 CFR §261.52(a)

b) Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame.  

36 CFR § 261.52(i)

c) Operating an internal combustion engine; specifically generators, except in areas devoid of vegetation. 36 CFR § 261.52(h)

d) Operating an internal combustion engine; specifically chainsaws.

36 CFR § 261.52(h)

e) Possessing or using a motor vehicle off NFS roads, except when parking in an area devoid of veg for 10’. (ODNRA and Sand Lake RA are exempted)

36 CFR § 261.56

f) Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. 36 CFR § 261.52(d)

 

Forest Order 06-12-00-20-09 PDF

Effective September 09, 2020

 

FIRE RELATED CLOSURES

As of noon Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, some parts of Siuslaw National Forest to reopen, while many developed recreation sites will remain closed and campfire restrictions continue as high fire danger persists. The general forest area and most forest roads will reopen, while most developed recreation sites such as campgrounds, trailheads, and day use sites will stay closed. Before leaving home, visitors must check online or by phone to find out which recreation sites are open; this list will be updated regularly as recreation sites reopen. Travelers should be prepared to find debris and possibly downed trees on lesser used and spur roads and should be aware of possible hazards, such as dangling limbs, in forested areas.

Effective Noon (12:00pm)  September 18, 2020

 

INCIWEB

Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/) provides information for wildland fire emergencies and prescribed fires, but can also be used for other natural disasters and emergency incidents such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. Official announcements include evacuations, road closures, news releases, maps, photographs, and basic information and current situation about the incident.

 

PRESCRIBED FIRES

Prescribed fire is a planned fire. Sometimes called a “controlled burn” or “prescribed burn,” the Forest Service manages prescribed fires to benefit natural resources and reduce the risk of unwanted wildfires in the future…see our News & Events page for announcements about spring or fall prescribed fires.

 

INDUSTRIAL FIRE PRECAUTION LEVEL (IFPL)

The Forest is now using Oregon Department of Forestry IFPL zones. Click here for map of Oregon Department of Forestry IFPL zones

IFPL Level III for Hebo Ranger District

IFPL Level III for Central Coast Ranger District 

Effective September 17, 2020


Click here for IFPL restrictions by level

 


photo of firefigher in smoky wooded surroundingsFire Management

Science has changed the way we think about wildland fire and the way we manage it. We still suppress fires, especially if they threaten people and communities, but we understand that fire has a role in nature – one that can lead to healthy ecosystems. So we look for ways to manage it to play its role, for instance, by igniting prescribed fires.

Fire Prevention How-Tos

While at home or on camping trips, follow these important safety tips.

Fire Science

The Forest Service conducts cutting-edge research and develops tools to help land managers better understand and manage fire. Our scientists study fire behavior and the effects of fire on ecosystems and society, as well as offer management options.

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

To address the challenges wildland fire management poses, the Forest Service and its other federal, tribal, state and local partners have developed and are implementing a National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy.

Forests and Rangelands

Forests and Rangelands provides fire, fuels, and land management information for government officials, land and wildland fire management professionals, businesses, communities, and interested organizations and individuals.

Firewise

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire.


Fire Management Positions

We are looking for a committed, hardworking, highly skilled workforce to suppress wildfires and work in fuels management on the Siuslaw National Forest. The fire and aviation management program is very rewarding and requires working safely as part of a team in a variety of specialized positions; including dispatch, engine crews, fuels technicians, handcrews, helitack, hotshot crews, smokejumpers, and prevention. Visit our employment page for more information.





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