What you need to know:
FIRE SEASON Preparedness:
GET READY GORGE!
As of June 11, 2023, all Hood River County Fire Agencies have entered into a total burn ban due to extremely dry conditions. Backyard debris burning, use of tracer ammunition, or exploding targets.
In addition, all lands protected by the Central Oregon Forest Protection District, and all forestland within one-eighth mile are in regulated closure.
This means that in these areas:
Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.
Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in designated areas. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
Chainsaw use is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one operational 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required at least one hour following the use of each saw.
Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. At all other times the area is to be cleared of flammable vegetation and the following fire equipment is required: one axe, one shovel, and one operational 2 1⁄2 pound or larger fire extinguisher in good working order.
Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads and except for vehicle use by a landowner and employees of the landowner upon their own land while conducting activities associated with their livelihood.
Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on federal and state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one operational 21⁄2 pound or larger fire extinguisher, except all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles which must be equipped with an approved spark arrestor in good working condition.
Mowing of dried grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops. The use of battery or electric powered string trimmers are exempt from this requirement.
Use of fireworks is prohibited.
Blasting is prohibited.
Be Firewise -
defensible space around you home
and preparedness tips
psps (non emergency)
pacific power outages
possible during extreme weatheR
across hood river and mosier
BPA summer season power outages possible
due to psps (power outages
during fire risk weather)
Hood River COunty bans fireworks
also Cities of Hood RIver and Cascade Locks
and wasco county
Preparing your home
for wildfire season
in english - safety measures
in spanish - here
power outage tips
from oregon puc
(public utility commission)
Level 1 Evacuation means
for possible evacuation.
Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property, pets and livestock. If conditions worse, emergency services staff may contact you via CITIZEN ALERT notifications.
Level 2 Evacuation means
You should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice as this level indicates there is a significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. Residents may have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
Level 3 Evacuation means “GO!”
- evacuate NOW –
Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. If you evacuate, take your GO KIT (emergency supplies,) lock your home, and choose a route away from the fire hazard. Watch for changes in fire and smoke.
Tell someone when you left and where you are going.