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NO OUTDOOR BURNING AS OF WEDNESDAY AUGUST, 10, 2022

Mt. Hood National Forest
Forest Service News Release

Fire Restrictions on Mt. Hood National Forest


Due to dry and hot conditions, campfires are prohibited across the Mt. Hood National Forest, beginning Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

All campfires, charcoal or briquette fires, pellet fires, or any other open fires are prohibited under a Forest Order, including in developed campgrounds.Portable cooking stoves, lanterns, and heating devices using liquefied or bottled fuel, such as propane, are still allowed as they can be instantly switched off.Additionally, target shooting is temporarily prohibited because of the risk of wildfire.

While the Forest enjoyed a wet and cool spring, dry July and August conditions have resulted in low moisture levels in vegetation, increasing the risk of wildfire.With the current dry and warm long-range forecast, any wildfire start poses a greater threat to firefighter safety, public safety, and personal property.

“The Forest has recently seen an uptick in wildfires, many of which are human caused,” said Dirk Shupe, Fire Management Staff Officer for the Mt. Hood National Forest.“With a dry August ahead, we want to limit the unnecessary risk caused by abandoned or escaped campfires to our local communities, and the recreating public.”

More wildfire information can be found at:https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mthood/fire

For more information about the local and regional fire outlook, visit:https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/predict/outlook.aspx

And remember, fireworks are always prohibited on national forests.

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Photo: Campfires are prohibited on Mt. Hood National Forest beginning Wednesday, August 10, 2022.


Welcome to the Mt Hood Cabin Homeowners Website!

Welcome to the Mt Hood Forest Homeowners web site, a place where cabin owners can stay connected to news that affects cabin owners. The Zigzag Ranger District relys on our association to send out critical news via email and through this website.  We offer useful information about working with the USFS as well as issues owning and maintaining a USFS cabin.  Members have full access to this sight which has information about the history of your tract, your tract's historic evaluation (which can affect how you get permission for work on the exterior of your cabin) and we host most all USFS forms and documents in an easy downloadable method.  We have a large list of local service providers recommended by your fellow cabin owners. 

Start a conversation on security, wildlife, local hikes and trails or whatever you feel would be useful for other cabin owners by using the Forums function.   Currently all postings are made by designated “editors,” although comments are encouraged to be made by all members. If you feel a new conversation would be in the best interest of other cabin owners you may email the web site (info@mhfha.com) and state your topic. If it is appropriate it will be posted for others to comment on it.

 

Are you a new cabin owner?  Welcome to the Mt Hood Cabin Community! Be sure and join our association and then check out all the useful information packed into this new website.

We fully support our National Organization, the National Forest Homeowners (NFH) and since we are a mem
ber tract, all MHFHA members receive a $5 discount ($55 regularly) when paying their NFH dues with MHFHA dues.  We are all part of the same, unique program with the government as our landlord.  We need representation at the national level (NFH) as well as at the local level (MHFHA) - please support and join both!


















Breauna Ellison

Greg Martin retired from the USFS in late January and it's been close to 4 months before his replacement was named.

We are happy to introduce to you Breauna (Brea) Ellison as the new Mt Hood Special Use Permit Administrator.  She will be attending our annual meeting on July 9th so if you haven't had the opportunity to meet her, please make sure you attend our annual picnic and meeting.  

Here is a little bit from Brea about her background:  For the past 3 years I have been a Visitor Information Specialist for the Clackamas River Ranger District, here on the Mt. Hood National Forest.  Prior to that, I worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry, where I spent time working with private landowners, as well as wildland fire dispatching. I am a Coast Guard veteran, hold a Criminal Justice degree and I am a single mother to an amazing 11-year-old. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending my time learning new things, going on all sorts of adventures and making memories with my daughter. We enjoy the live music, quality time with friends and the great outdoors. I also have a 9-year-old lab pup and 2 kittens that keep us company. I am extremely excited for this new adventure and can’t wait to meet more of the Mt. Hood cabin owners and expand my skillset within the Recreation Resident Program. Thank you

 

 

Bree Ellison

(She/Her)

Special Use Permit Administrator

Forest Service

Mt. Hood National Forest

Desk: 503-622-2031

Work Cell: 971-865-1929
Breauna.ellison@usda.gov

70220 E Hwy 26

Zigzag, OR 97049
www.fs.fed.us

Caring for the land and serving people

 




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             MHFHA ANNUAL MEETING WITH CABIN OWNERS AND USFS JULY 9TH
 
We are thrilled to have a date set for our summer picnic and annual meeting.  Due to Covid we have not had an in person meeting since July 13 2019.

So mark your calendar for Sat. July 9th registration 11:30am to noon, picnic 12:00 to 12:30 and meeting 12:30pm to 2:30pm at Welches Middle School outdoor covered play area.  Bring your own chair and a dish to share.  MHFHA will provide burgers (meat and veggie), polish dogs, buns and all the fixings.

We have lots to catch up on!  Our new Permit Administrator Brea Ellison, our Ranger Bill Westbrook as well as Nathan Fletcher, Special Use Permit Supervisor will all be part of the USFS panel where cabin owners can ask questions.  We hope to have at least 6-8 USFS personnel on the panel.

We will be discussing the big issue of FEE RETENTION which will begin in 2025 and how we can secure funds yearly in the USFS budget for cabin road repair and maintenance.

We will other guests such as David Jacob, water master for all cabin water systems and the MHFHA board.

More information to follow!  See you there.  

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MT HOOD CABIN OWNERS ATTEND ANNUAL MHFHA MEETING

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EVERYONE BRINGS A DISH TO SHARE AND IT'S A DELICIOUS SPREAD!

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Effective October 4, 2021, the MHFHA Dumpster program, available for dues paying members, has ceased operation for the year.  We will start back up Spring of 2022.  For more information please go to:

Dumpster Info Click Here


ANNUAL HIGHWAY 26 CLEAN UP TOOK PLACE SATURDAY, MAY 28TH


We had 19 volunteers that showed up in rain gear on Saturday, May 28th to clean the 4 miles of Highway 26.  We had two sessions and worked a total of 6 hours to pick up 60 large bags of trash.  Another rewarding MHFHA event!

MHFTA has sponsored two sections of Highway 26 for over 15 years in conjuction with Adopt-a-highway ODOT.

Thank you to the following volunteers:  Ken, John, Jean, Ian Ezra, Miles, Kirsten, Fred, Lynd, Art, Cathy, Dave, Paul, Jane, Kasey, David, Steve, Jim and Sheli who gave up some of their cabin time to help keep our forest clean.


MHFHA sponsors the highway clean up each Saturday or Memorial Weekend and occasionally does an October clean up also.

Join us next year! 


 



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