Fire, ODF, Tillamook State Forest

‘Worst fire danger of the year:’ ODF warns of hazardous conditions ahead of Labor Day weekend

The Oregon Department of Forestry stages a vehicle at the Gales Creek Fire Station on Tuesday, August 27 2019. Photo: Chas Hundley

“We’re looking at our worst fire danger of the year,” said Oregon Department of Forestry Forest Grove District Forester Mike Cafferata in a phone call with the Banks Post on Tuesday morning. 

“People might feel the colder nights which are really nice, but unfortunately the fuels are really dry and there’s this big dry air mat coming in,” he said. “It really gets bad Thursday, Friday, all weekend, and probably the peak will be next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday actually. It continues to get bad for the next week and a half,” he said. 

Cafferata also said his agency has concerns about a potential dry east wind that could arise next week, which would compound the . . .

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