Oregon_eDeals_glow
Columbia Gorge Weather
Partly Cloudy
Currently
59°
Partly Cloudy
Overcast
Saturday 0%
High 59° / Low 37°
Overcast
Partly Cloudy
Sunday 10%
High 57° / Low 36°
Partly Cloudy
Chance of Rain
Monday 60%
High 49° / Low 33°
Chance of Rain

Mt. Hood Forest Encouraging Visitors To Take Precautions To Avoid Fire

Mt. Hood National Forest fire personnel are encouraging visitors to take precautions to prevent human-caused wildfires.  Human causes, such as abandoned and illegal campfires, and target shooting are responsible for the majority of wildfires on the Mt. Hood National Forest.   Of thirty wildfires reported this year, only one was started by lightning.   Fire personnel have been occupied extinguishing 200 abandoned campfires in the past several weeks.  Now through August 21st, a multi-agency national Fire Prevention and Education Team, comprised of professionals from the U.S. Forest Service and the Georgia Forestry Commission in partnership with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Land Management and other federal, state and local agencies will visit dispersed camp sites, historic sites, campgrounds and other areas around the Mt. Hood National Forest to assist with educating visitors about the restrictions and how they can protect lives and property from wildfire.