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Is everything seriously closed to riding now?

Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems like the restrictions on riding are in effect everywhere in NW Oregon.

Anyone know of an area that's actually open?

Tillamook burn, Gifford, Tanum, befair, capitol, walker, the list goes on and on.

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How can it be closed for fire restriction? Did you guys have an extremely dry winter?

I don't think I have ever seen western OR truly bone dry. We would be locked out every year if our monkeys ran it like yours seem to be.

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Tillamook burn, Gifford, Tanum, befair, capitol, walker, the list goes on and on.

On Saturday they posted no riding at the Burn (at least at Rogers/Browns camp). From what I've seen on the Forestry website all local areas are in fire restriction level III...Did they pull the restrictions this week at the Burn?

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How can it be closed for fire restriction? Did you guys have an extremely dry winter?

I don't think I have ever seen western OR truly bone dry. We would be locked out every year if our monkeys ran it like yours seem to be.

I do believe it's politically motivated...right across the river in Washington, nothing is closed.

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I do believe it's politically motivated...right across the river in Washington, nothing is closed.

+1. Political bullcrap. Here in idaho we occasionally get campfire restrictions, but not trail closures.

Kinda makes sense, since after lightning, campfires are the other biggest cause of wildfires.

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+1. Political bullcrap. Here in idaho we occasionally get campfire restrictions, but not trail closures.

Kinda makes sense, since after lightning, campfires are the other biggest cause of wildfires.

I just wonder how many forest fires have been caused by a motorcycle in the woods?

Here's the site where I'm getting the closure info from:

http://oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/precautionlevel.shtml

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I didn't pay much attention to it when I lived in OR, but after I moved I then realized that their means of fire protection is to gate and lock everything.

In their defense...my parents still live if Southern OR and there always seems to be an idiot catching something on fire?

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I didn't pay much attention to it when I lived in OR, but after I moved I then realized that their means of fire protection is to gate and lock everything.

In their defense...my parents still live if Southern OR and there always seems to be an idiot catching something on fire?

Southern OR is WAY less locked up than up where I am now in WA. What part of southern OR did you live in?

If you are riding on FS lands check with the local ranger station about trail closures. ODF can be a little over-zealous with the closures from my experience living in southern OR a while back.

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Read the bold type below.

REGULATED CLOSURE PROCLAMATION

Number 14

Effective: 01:00 a.m., PDT, July 23, 2010

By virtue of the authority vested in me under the provisions of ORS 477.535 to 477.550, I hereby proclaim a Regulated Closure to be in effect in the following subject area:

All lands protected by the Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District and to all lands within one-eighth mile thereof.

Under this Regulated Closure, except as to the owner’s legal right of entry upon their land, entry to all forestland is unlawful unless entrants comply with the following restrictions:

1. Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in closed vehicles on improved roads.

2. Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Use of wood burning devices, used in conjunction with temporary dwellings, including tents and trailers, is prohibited. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

3. Non-industrial use of chain saws is prohibited, except as waived by the Forester.

4. Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved

roads and designated areas. A waiver has been issued that allows OHV use on all of the designated OHV trails in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, Trask, and Nicolai Mountain(Clatsop State Forest) OHV Areas.

5. Possession of the following fire fighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.

6. Use of fireworks is prohibited.

7. Use of exploding targets is prohibited.

8. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.

The State Forester or an authorizedrepresentative may, in writing, approve a modification or waiver of these requirements.

These restrictions shall remain in effect until replaced, suspended, or terminated by an additional proclamation of the State Forester or an authorized representative.

Maps of the subject area may be viewed at the State Forester's Office, in Salem, Oregon, and at principal offices of the Forest Protection District.

Definitions of words and phrases used in this proclamation may be found in ORS 477.001, OAR 629-041-0005, and at:

https://oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/Closures/definitions.pdf

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Read the bold type below.

4. Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved

roads and designated areas. A waiver has been issued that allows OHV use on all of the designated OHV trails in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, Trask, and Nicolai Mountain(Clatsop State Forest) OHV Areas.

I can't find that waiver...do you have a link for that by chance? Why wouldn't they put that in with the links for those areas I wonder?

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How can it be closed for fire restriction? Did you guys have an extremely dry winter?

I don't think I have ever seen western OR truly bone dry. We would be locked out every year if our monkeys ran it like yours seem to be.

Actually it can get VERY dry especially out near Hood River (low rain fall area). Looks like a fire waiting to happen. They are fighting a fire out near Cougar WA right now I drove through Saturday. Rode Ben Smith (past Lees camp store at the Burn) Sunday and was NOT posted anywhere. Trails kinda sucked, rocky dusty grown over crap but it was not closed.

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