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Fire management for the Mt. Hood National Forest notified the district yesterday the industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) for the Mt Hood National Forest will change on Monday August 23rd at 12:01 AM zone MHF 2 (Zigzag Ranger District) to IFPL IV.
Essentially, any spark emitting/generating work is prohibited during IFPL IV. This would include most excavation work, or projects which create sparks through welding, cutting steel, etc. Residential remodeling whether interior or exterior work can continue as long as the contractor has the ability to extinguish any ignition arising from their work on site, and has an evacuation plan to get out of the area in the event of any ignition elsewhere in the tracts.
Even with the little bit a precipitation received in the area today, we are still in extreme fire danger.

Zigzag Ranger District
Mt Hood National Forest

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Effective July 2nd, 2021 all campfires, charcoal or briquette fires, pellet fires (including pellet cooking stoves), or any other open fires are prohibited under the public use restriction, including in developed campgrounds, dispersed camping locations and recreation residences/summer home cabins.

Portable cooking stoves, lanterns, and heating devices (including propane campfire rings) using liquefied or bottled fuel, such as propane, are still allowed as they can be instantly switched off. Currently, indoor fires located in a fireplace or wood stove of a recreation residence/summer home cabin are allowed providing the permit holder is within compliance to the terms of the special use permit which requires the chimney or stovepipe to have a properly functioning spark arrestor per state building code requirements. The use of indoor fires is subject to change if conditions continue to remain dry. 

Chainsaw use is prohibited at this time due to level IFPL Level 3.

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peration of a generator without spark arresting device is prohibited and their use is subject to change as Industrial Fire Precautions Levels (IFPL) increase. Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or on a recreation cabin lot while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter, which is barren and cleared of all flammable material.

Mt. Hood National Forest
FOREST ORDER NO. 06-06-00-21-04 


Pursuant to 16 USC § 551 and 36 CFR 261.50 (a) and (b), the following special restrictions and prohibitions are established on all lands, roads and trails within the Mount hood National Forest, within the State of Oregon, and as depicted on the attached exhibits, hereby incorporated in this Order as Exhibit A. This Order becomes effective on July 02, 2021, at 12:01 am (0001) and will remain in effect through September 30, 2021 or until rescinded. 


  1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire, including a charcoal fire and
    pellet fire. Exhibit A. 36 CFR § 261.52(a).
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a designated campground, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. 36 CFR § 261.52(c) and (d).
  3. Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device. 36 CFR § 261.52(f). 


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 ( 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!

PROPOSED Changes and Revisions to Our Special Use Permit

Your NFH Membership Support is hard at work.

Last fall, the United States Forest Service (USFS) proposed some changes and revisions to our special use permits. The NFH Government Liaison Committee, along with legal counsel, spent time studying the proposed changes and submitted comments during the Public Comment period.

In the upcoming months, the USFS will again be posting comments on these revisions - taking into consideration many of the concerns and suggestions brought up by NFH.

There is NO call to action right now for cabin owners and NFH is requesting that cabin owners allow the NFH to continue their work with the USFS before requesting cabin owners participation.

NFH sponsored a Zoom meeting with tract leaders on March 30/31 and MHFHA attended. The main concerns regarding the proposed changes are outlined on the right.

MHFHA will notify all Mt. Hood cabin owners when the time is right to make public comments. For now, we will let NFH take the lead on this.

We will keep you updated on the website as well as emails if something important comes up.

Click below to read the full USFS Proposed Changes

Proposed Revised or Additional Standard Clauses to 12 Special Use Authorization Forms

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Labor Day Storm Debris Clean Up

PART TWO:  Dec 2-3, 2020 Final Piles Were Picked Up and Delivered to Chipping Site:

As hard as all the volunteers worked over the November 7th weekend, the job wasn't complete.  MHFHA hired some help and on Dec 2nd and 3rd, led by MHFHA Director Ken Hoiland, the remaining piles on roads 9, 19, 28, 30A,B,C and 35 were picked up.  It consisted of 18 trips of huge truck loads of limb debris that were taken to the wood chipping site.  It took this crew of 3 16 hours to complete the hauling.  The amount of debris on the 30 roads was impressive!

The overall amount of debris from the Labor Day Storm was overwhelming and since we had never sponsored such a large project before, we had no idea how much time and man/woman power it would take.  Trevor Tree Service will complete the wood chipping later this month and stated that if the snow arrives before they are able to complete, it will be completed in the spring.  To date, MHFHA has spent or have committed to spend close to $8,000 and since we pay for the truck load to haul the wood chips away (The USFS would not allow the wood chips to be left in the forest) we won't have a final total of costs until the chipping project is complete.  We are short on funds and it's not too late to donate - click here to donate September Storm Clean Up Fund.  

Thank you to all cabin owners, directors of MHFHA and to those who donated funds!  

over the weekend of November 7-8

It was a very cold weekend and it even snowed a little, but that didn't stop over 45 cabin owner volunteers who showed up with trucks, trailers, muscle and grit to travel the 13 miles of cabin roads and collect the piles of storm tree debris that cabin owners prepared in advance.

With the donations received from many cabin owners, we were able to hire Trevor Tree Service and a crew of 3 men to run the commerical wood chipper all day Saturday and Sunday and take the wood chips off site.   

There were so many piles that it will take several more days of their service to complete the mission.

Also all of the roads were not complete - we had so many teams going out on all cabin roads as well as E. Marion Rd in Rhododendron as a service to our friends in Rhody (they also donated money to the cause) that we didn't make it to every pile.  We are asking anyone who still has a pile of debris (and by debris we mean tree limbs and branches) to notify MFHFA with your road and lot number.  We are not picking up pine cones or needles.  Please email us your road and lot number as we are hoping to get a small crew together after the recent COVID shut down that Governor Brown announced just today that is through Dec. 2nd.  Hold tight if your pile hasn't been picked up yet - we will get to it as soon as we can.

I personally want to thank my husband, Ken, who worked all day Friday helping me to organize the maps and routes and then he ran the event all day Saturday and Sunday.  He was helped by many cabin owners who really came together as a cabin community to help clean up from the Labor Day weekend wind storm.  It was great to see so many voluneers come together to help.  THANK YOU cabin owners!

Thank you also to Trevor and his team for working so hard.    September Storm Clean Up Fund


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