Umpqua National Forest - Welcome!

Welcome to the Umpqua National Forest

The Umpqua National Forest is nestled on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Explosive geologic events shaped this distinctive landscape and provide spectacular scenery.


  • Hiking

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    Explore over 500 miles of hiking trails, including 30 miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.

  • Camping

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    There are 40 developed campgrounds on the Umpqua National Forest. It's time to start exploring!

  • Recreation Passes

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    America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes provide visitors an affordable and convenient way to access Federal recreational lands.

  • Special Forest Products

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    Members of the public can obtain permits to harvest firewood, mushrooms, salal, beargrass, and other special forest products.

  • Maps

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    Make sure you have the right map for your next adventure! Buy Forest Service maps online.

  • Safety & Ethics

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    Learn how you can be a good steward of your National Forests and promote a rewarding and safe outdoor recreation experiences for all visitors.

  • Stories from the Forest

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    Learn how the U.S. Forest Service works toward healthy and thriving landscapes by reading stories about projects, partnerships, volunteer programs, and much more!


Successful Initial Attack: A Fire Management Officer’s Perspective

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"Abnormally hot weather with temps in the 100s kicked in during the last week of July into early August 2022. During fire season, our fire management leaders closely watched NOAA’s 7-day weather forecasts, where they saw a slight indication of lightning. Lightning coupled with hot & dry temperatures is a heads up scenario, so this put us on alert." Read on to learn about what goes into a successful initial attack from the perspective of Orejuela Fhurer, Acting Fire Management Officer for the North Zone on the Umpqua NF.

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Successful Initial Attack: A Dispatcher’s Perspective

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On the afternoon of July 30, the Umpqua National Forest began to receive multiple lightning strikes, initiating a prompt response from the Roseburg Interagency Communication Center (OR-RIC) or “dispatch”. Aerial and ground resources provided the dispatch center with needed intelligence, including fire locations, sizes, and activity level. This precise information, along with collaborative action by fire managers, aided dispatch to formulate a rapid response necessary to combat the fires proactively.

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