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Fire Restrictions and Closures Hunters Need to Know Ahead of Deer Season Opener

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife want hunters to be aware of fire closures and restrictions before hunting this deer season.

Posted: Sep 27, 2018 2:21 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- Fire danger will remain high in many areas throughout southern Oregon for the start of deer season this weekend.

The rifle deer season opener is Saturday, September 29.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the number of human-caused wildfires are well above average this fire season. It wants to make sure hunters do their part to prevent anymore. 

The Oregon Department of Forestry says it's a hunters responsibility to know what restrictions are in place before they hunt. It says there are some common fire restrictions that hunters will likely come across. 

Those restricitions include: 

Campfires are prohibited or only allowed in approved campgrounds in many areas.

Exploding targets, tracer ammunition, smoking, and off-road driving are prohibited in most areas.

Vehicles must have either a gallon of water or a fully chraged and operational 2.5 lbs. fire extinguisher and shovel. 

ATVs must have a charged and operational 2.5 lbs. fire extinguisher. 

Hunter should also be aware of any fire closures before heading out. Here are some places to find that infromation depending on what type of public land you plan to hunt on:

• Oregon Department of Forestry, https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/Firerestrictions/PFR.html  Click on any area in the map to see a list of fire restrictions in areas protected by ODF. Click within public lands areas to find out the land manager and contact info.
• Corporate Closures, http://www.ofic.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-Closure-Form.pdf (pdf) (Covers several private industrial timberlands in Oregon)
• Keep Oregon Green, https://keeporegongreen.org/
• US Forest Service, https://www.fs.fed.us/
• Bureau of Land Management, https://www.blm.gov/oregon-washington
• InciWeb, https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ (Current fires and fire-related closures in Oregon)

For general hunting information and guidelines visit myodfw.com.

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