From Mt Hood USFS:
Sept. 23, 2020 Windstorm Alert:
HAZARDS STILL EXIST – If you are accessing your cabin to assess damage, or plan to spend the night - please be advised there may be hazards along the roadways, hanging in trees, or hung up on powerlines. If you find a downed utility line while accessing your cabin, please contact PGE at 800-544-1795. Do not attempt to pick up or move downed utility lines. Contractors performing fiber optic line clean-up along Forest Service Roads 29-39 will begin today and the project is estimated to last for the next 2 weeks (you may experience some delays or short-term road closures).
AZigzag Ranger District Recreation Residence Downed Tree Clean-up Operating Plan has been signed and provides the environmental requirements for remediation of downed trees on recreation cabins, driveways and walkways. If you have standing trees you believe to be a hazard on your recreation lot, please initiate a Hazard Tree Evaluation Request with your permit administrator for review.
Industrial Fire Precaution Levels have decreased in the Zigzag Ranger District to level II - At IFPL Level 2, chainsaw operation is only allowed between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m., with a one hour fire watch. Contractors working on your behalf may continue work previously authorized and signed by the District Ranger. District staff are working to prepare a blanket authorization for cabin owners located in non-historic tracts to repair windstorm damage. Authorization to repair damage to cabins located in historic tracts will require individual review.
Please contact your permit administrator if you have any questions. Greg Martin can be reached at 503-622-2031 & Nathan Fletcher can be reached at 503-622-2030.
September 19th, 2020 – Update:
The majority of the infrastructure work to restore power to the Recreation Residence Tracts has been completed by PGE, and the US Forest Service has had an opportunity to drive all of the tract roads to access damage and perform cursory inspections.
While we are not encouraging you to drive into the recreation residence tracts, the District Ranger is allowing access for cabin owners to travel into the tracts to assess any damage to your cabin, and to collect any personal belongings if you choose.
Mitigation work (by you or your contractor) to cover damage to your cabin can be performed, i.e. tarping over openings, etc. Repair or clean-up work is not authorized at this time. No chainsaw or power generator use is allowed on the entire Forest in the current IFPL Fire Precaution Level IV.
HAZARDS STILL EXIST – Please be advised there may be hazards along the roadways, and hanging in trees, or hung up on powerlines. If you find a downed utility line while accessing your cabin please contact PGE at 800-544-1795. Do not attempt to pick up or move downed utility lines.
Please contact your permit administrator if you have any questions. Greg Martin can be reached at 503-622-2031 & Nathan Fletcher can be reached at 503-622-2030.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Mt. Hood National Forest FOREST ORDER NO. 06-06-00-20-08
Barlow Ranger District, Clackamas River Ranger District, Hood River Ranger District & Zigzag Ranger District Fire Closure
Pursuant to 16 USC § 551 and 36 CFR 261.50 (a) and (b), and to provide for public and firefighter safety, the following acts are prohibited within the Mt. Hood National Forest, as shown on the attached map (Exhibit A). This Order is effective beginning 1700 on September 8, 2020 and will remain in effect until September 30, 2020, or until rescinded.
Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Mt. Hood National Forest Closure Area.
1. Going into or being upon an area closed for the protection of public health or safety. (36 CFR 261.53(e)) 2. Being on a road. (36 CFR § 261.54(e))
3. Being on a trail. (36 CFR § 261.55(a))
CLOSURE AREA DESCRIPTION:
As depicted on “Exhibit A” all National Forest System lands, roads and trails administered by the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Pursuant to Title 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order:
(1) Any person with a permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
(2) Any Federal, State, or local official or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
(3) Owners or lessees of land within the closed area.
(4) People traveling roads or trails for evacuation purposes.
These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR part 261, subpart A.
This closure is necessary to provide protection for forest users, firefighting personnel and natural resources from the current fire hazards associated with existing and predicted wildfire activity.
Executed in Sandy, Oregon this 8th day of September 2020.
RICHARD PERIMAN Forest Supervisor
Mt. Hood National Forest
Violations of these prohibitions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both. (16 U.S.C.551, and 18 U.S.C. 3559 and 3571)
September 13-14, 2020 update
PATROLLING: Greg has worked throughout the weekend patrolling the cabin roads along with law enforcement officers. He has come across a few cabin owners working on removing trees - he is frustrated as the FOREST IS CLOSED due to an order that came down from the Mt Hood Forest Supervisor. Closure means it is closed to all public, including cabin owners. He wanted us to get the message out AGAIN to all cabin owners that the Forest Is Closed. In one instance the cabin owner was not kind nor understanding and Greg was close to calling in Law Enforcement. He is working very hard, please folks, let's not make it harder than it needs to be.
Greg said that even the heat from a car engine after driving to get to the Mt can start a fire due to the dryness and dry debris on the ground. Stay home is what he repeated over and over.
FOREST SERVICE PERSONNEL AND FIRE FIGHTING: There are multiple large wildfires raging on Mt Hood and in Oregon. Forest Service personnel are being called to work with the fires and are therefore stretched very thin. Greg Martin was going to be pulled into fire duty but Bill Westbrook, Zigzag Ranger, wanted him to stay put and deal with our cabin tracts - doing patrol, documenting damage and working on a restoration plan. They are all working long days and hours. MHFHA will also be working on a collaborative plan for work on cleaning up our forest roads once the Forest Closure is over. Many cabin owners are emailing us asking how they can help - we love this and we will let everyone know how they can help soon. Right now there isn't anything we can do as we are not allowed in.
CLARIFICATION ON WORDING OF FOREST CLOSURE: We have heard from several cabin owners questioning the forest closure wording under 3) "Owners or lessees of land within the closed area are exempt to the closure". This is not us. Cabin Owners do NOT lease the land, we have special use permits and these special use permits are NOT leases. It has been explained to us that a lease denotes exclusive use, a federal permit for a cabin is non-exclusive use. The Forest Closure is for the public including cabin owners.
UPDATE ON DAMAGE: PGE has hired two different companies that have special equipment and systems in place, to cut down trees in the forest in ways that won't cause any sparks or fires. They have completed cutting through Rd 35 and are working on Roads 31 and 29 today. Greg is following the work crews and is taking a closer look at cabins, gates and driveways for damage. He is calling and reporting into the association. Instead of posting that damage here, I have emailed or called each cabin owner with new reports of damage. Once roads 31 and 29 are cleared and Greg calls me with a report - I will do the same and contact cabin owners.
PGE: Some power has been restored in the Hwy 26 Mt Hood corridor such as some power is back on in Wemme and Brightwood. Again, they are working on cutting out the trees in the cabin tracts that are blocking travel. That is the first step. Next they have to restore all the down and damaged poles and main lines and then the feeder lines to the cabins. This will take weeks. With the fire danger it will be difficult for contractors to work as gas chain saws, generators etc will not be allowed.
WHEN THE FOREST CLOSURE ENDS: The Mt Hood Forest Supervisor, Zigzag Ranger and Greg Martin (to name just a few) will be working on guidelines for when the Forest Closure ends. They do not have an expected date yet as to when that Closure will end. However, they are working on how to quickly give access and permission for repairs in the quickest way possible. Non historic tracts will likely be easier to give some type of "blanket" approval order than historic tract cabins. They will be working with MHFHA in order to work together to help get approvals out quickly to those cabin owners that have damage and are in need of repair.
We briefly discussed how the association can work with the massive clean up of forest debris and we will continue to work on that plan together this week.
Riverside Fire – September 13, 2020 Morning Update
Acres: 133,799 Percent Containment:0%
Start Date: September 8,2020 Cause: Human
Total Personnel: 315 total personnel
Flight Restriction in Effect; If You Fly, We Can’t – Do Not Fly Drones Near Wildfires
Yesterday firefighters were able to create dozer line around spot fires on the west side of the fire to help secure the areas closest to the communities of Estacada and Molalla
Today firefighters will continue suppressing and securing hotspots on the northwest flank of the Riverside Fire near Estacada and the southwest side near Molalla. Public and firefighter safety and property conservation remain the focus.Crews are also working on the north end of the fire above the North Fork Reservoir and looking at opportunities to move towards the east. Lots of scouting is happening today around other areas of the fire in preparation as we begin to receive more resources. The Incident Management Team (IMT) will be coordinating with IMTs on the Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires to the south to coordinate containment efforts.
Today firefighters will be using two unmanned aerial systems (UAS, or drones) to assess fire conditions from the air. Helicopters will begin working as soon as visibility allows.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect. Do not fly drones near wildfires. If you fly, we can’t. All firefighting aircraft will all be grounded if a drone is spotted in the area. knowbeforeyoufly.org/uasandwildfires/ and nifc.gov/drones.
Widespread dense wildfire smoke will continue today, resulting in potentially ‘hazardous’ air quality ratings for numerous communities. Visit oregonsmoke.blogspot.com to learn more about protecting your health from smoke.
Fire update videos will be posted on facebook.com/RiversideFireInfoand shared on inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7174/ and twitter.com/fire_riverside.
There are numerous road closures in the greater Clackamas County area. Visit TripCheck.com for updates.
The Mt. Hood National Forest is currently under a full Forest closure including all campgrounds, roads, and trails. This includes dispersed camping. More info: https://go.usa.gov/xGkQv.
Due to extreme fire danger and fire activity State Forests in Oregon are currently closed. A Regulated-Use Closure is in place for forestlands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry’s North Cascade District. https://go.usa.gov/xG9Th
Large portions of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands are also closed. More info: https://go.usa.gov/xG92s
Clackamas County Evacuation Map & Info: clackamas.us/wildfires, twitter.com/ClackCoSheriff, or 503-655-8224
Riverside Fire Info: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7174/ 541-638-0668 (public) 509-202-4184 (media) facebook.com/RiversideFireInfo and twitter.com/fire_riverside Tags: #RiversideFire #ClackamasWildfires
Riverside Fire Information Officer
SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 MESSAGE FROM MT HOOD RANGER STATION ON
CURRENT CLOSURE OF MT HOOD FOR CABIN OWNERS
- -Government Camp to Sandy, OR is in level one evacuation notice.
- -Currently, cabin owners cannot drive to their cabin to access damage, clear debris or make repairs. Wind gusts are still bringing trees down, and large limbs & crowns hung up in the tree canopy. Their personal safety is at risk, along with any first responder who may need to rescue them if they become trapped by trees or a wildfire.
- -No chain saw operations are allowed, the only exception is to clear an evacuation route.
- -Trees are down on multiple Forest Service Roads leading to recreation cabins.
- -Local resources are currently stretched beyond capacity
- -PGE will begin line repairs tomorrow, fire forecast permitting. They will be cutting out the roads for access and repairs. This will clear the majority of Forest roads heading in to next week.
- -Alder creek and Eagle creek are both on level 3 leave now orders. Sandy high school has turned into an evacuation center.
- -Please stay home!
Things are changing by the minute, if the Riverside Fire runs north it will be on Wildcat Mountain and in the Mt Hood NF. Fires are popping up all around the metro area, parts of Newberg are under level 3 evacuation. Again, please ask cabin owners to stay home until the Forest Order is lifted.
Special Use Permit Administrator
Mt Hood National Forest
NEWS RELEASE from USFS Mt Hood
Release Date: September 8, 2020
Media Contact: Heather Ibsen, (360) 831-5219
Mt. Hood National Forest temporarily closes forest for fire and public safety
The local area remains under the threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, and firefighting resources that are stretched thin across the region and nation. Due to these conditions, the Mt. Hood National Forest is temporarily closing to public access. This includes developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, day use areas, wilderness areas, and all forest roads and trails.
This closure goes into effect at 6:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, and will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change. This is a temporary closure to protect public and firefighter safety and health. People in the process of evacuating the forest are exempt from the order.
Extreme fire weather has caused rapid growth of fires, and new ignitions have strained all resources for the forest and region. Nationally, and within Oregon, firefighting resources are operating at maximum capacity resources severely limited. While the forest has been under fire restrictions, we still see unattended and abandoned campfires across the forest, heightening the risk to firefighters, the public, and wildlife.
“At this time, with extreme fire danger, multiple wildfire growing, and new wildfires igniting and multiple evacuations, it’s simply not safe to visit,” said Forest Supervisor Richard Periman. “Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time of extreme fire threat.”
It is critical that forest visitors follow this important closure for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters. Residents are encouraged to “follow” their local county sheriff’s department Facebook pages and websites for information about evacuation safety.
More information about fires on the Mt. Hood National forest at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mthood/fire
The Willamette National Forest also has a forest closure in effect. For information visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/willamette/news-events
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 4, 2020 - CAMPFIRE BAN MT. HOOD FOREST ORDER
(see complete order below under Forest Service News)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and state your topic. If it is appropriate it will be posted for others to comment on it.
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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!
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCMENT: AS OF MAY 4, 2020 MHFHA WILL NO LONGER BE OFFERING A CASH REWARD FOR THE INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF ANYONE BREAKING INTO A CABIN. For more information on this change please see the article listed in the News for Members below.
MT HOOD FOREST FIRE - WHITE RIVER FIRE
On Monday, August 17, firefighters discovered and performed initial attack on the White River Fire on the Mt. Hood National Forest. The fire is located 13 miles southeast of Government Camp in the White River drainage near Forest Road 48. The closest community is Sportman's Park which is 8 miles to the east. It is currently estimate to be 450 acres (as of 8-21-20).
For information on all NW forest fires - go to:
NW Fire Link