Banks, Fire, Tillamook State Forest

Fire season begins Monday, July 1

Banks Fire District 13 responds to a residential fire on Saturday, June 29. Photo: Chas Hundley

NW Oregon - Fire season officially begins Monday, July 1 in Northwest Oregon.

Many neighboring regions have already declared fire season to be in effect, with local officials watching the weather and planning their next steps in regulating industry and public use in lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

Locally, that includes much of Buxton, rural Banks, Hayward, Timber,Manning, and the surrounding region, including the Tillamook State Forest.

"The heat this week and the overall dry weather means we are creeping towards fire season," wrote Dan Goody, the Astoria District Forester for the ODF in an email earlier in June.

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