Oregon Closes State Forests to Prevent Fires

The Oregon Department of Forestry released the following statement via Facebook on August 17, 2015.

Public Use Restrictions change tomorrow, August 18, in northwest Oregon on the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests, as well as the BLM lands that ODF protects in northwest Oregon. Among those changes, in the Tillamook State Forest, the OHV Trails in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, and Trask, as well as the BLM Upper Nestucca, OHV Areas will CLOSE, with OHV operation limited to travel on maintained gravel roads only. In the Clatsop State Forest, all OHV trails in the Nicolai Mountain OHV Riding Area will also be CLOSED to OHV use; OHV operation in Nicolai Mountain will be limited to travel on maintained gravel roads only. OHV use in the Santiam State Forest is already CLOSED. Thanks much for your cooperation and help in preventing human-caused wildfires in Oregon’s state forests.

These closures come following the severe drought conditions in the northwest over the summer, which has lead to major forest fires throughout Oregon.

One of those fires, named the Stouts Fire, was caused by a lawnmower being used during the heat of the day. The result was a fire that burned through over 24,000 acres across southeast Oregon near Crater Lake, and spread thick smoke as far as California.

It is important to keep in mind how dangerous these conditions are, and that these temporary closures will keep riding areas intact throughout the remainder of summer.

While not clearly specified, these closures are not permanent. For more information, like and follow the Oregon Department of Forestry on Facebook. In addition, to continue to check with Pit Traffic for updates on any closures during this extremely dry season.

Austin Rohr

Austin Rohr is a twenty two year-old graduate from the University of Washington Tacoma with a bachelor's degree in communications. He writes for Pit Traffic, and has raced on and off since 2015.

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