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2023 fire season comes to an end

With temperatures cooling and widespread rain soaking the state, all Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protection districts have terminated fire season restrictions, marking the end of the 2023 Oregon fire season declarations.

Year to date, there have been 975 fires on ODF-protected lands resulting in 17,968 acres burned. Statewide to date, regardless of jurisdiction, there have been 1,909 fires that have burned 190,507 acres.

“This year, I would say was the year of partnership,” Mike Shaw, Protection Division chief, said. “We had several opportunities this year to help to our local, state, and federal partners keep Oregon safe from wildfire, and vice versa.”

The end of fire season removes ODF imposed fire restrictions on ODF-protected lands. However, many structural fire departments in Oregon still require a permit for debris and slash burning, so check with your local fire department before starting a burn.

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