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Smokey Bear to bring fire prevention message to Oregon license plates this summer

Smokey Bear is an iconic symbol of wildfire prevention. Oregon's new Keep Oregon Green special license plate joins 1950's artist Rudy Wendelin’s Smokey Bear with a backdrop of Oregon's lush forests. The plate's $40 surcharge will help fund wildfire prevention education activities around Oregon, which share Smokey and KOG's shared message regarding the shared responsibility to prevent human-caused wildfires.

Keep Oregon Green, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, the Ad Council, and Oregon Department of Forestry, have partnered to bring Smokey Bear and his important message to Oregon drivers: Only YOU can prevent wildland fires.

The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles sold 3,000 vouchers for a new, Smokey Bear -emblazoned license plate in December.

The vouchers serve as pre-payment for the special plate surcharge fee for drivers hoping to adopt the new plate; the sale of 3,000 vouchers is required for the state to begin placing orders for plates with a new design.

With 3,000 vouchers sold in just a few days, the plate is will go into production soon, and will become available to vehicle owners registering their passenger vehicles, or replacing their existing license plates, later this year.

Once the plates are released, any Oregon vehicle owner can apply by paying a $40 “special plates” surcharge when registering for new or replacement license plates, in addition to the usual registration and plate fees.

The surcharge will help fund wildfire prevention activities conducted by Keep Oregon Green, an organization that educates the public about the shared responsibility to prevent human-caused wildfire in communities throughout Oregon.

For more information, visit:

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The Keep Oregon Green Association was established in 1941 to promote healthy landscapes and safe communities by educating the public of everyone’s shared responsibility to prevent human-caused wildfires.

Smokey Bear was created in 1944, when the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council agreed that a fictional bear would be the symbol for their joint effort to promote forest fire prevention. Smokey’s image is protected by U.S. federal law and is administered by the USDA Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council.

Campfire safety for forest visitors

Graphic of an aged paper banner on wood plank background, featuring caption text and graphic rendering of a bucket of fire being poured on flames from a fire ring.

PORTLAND, Ore. – July 9, 2018 – With warm and dry conditions across the region, fire officials urge visitors to practice campfire safety when recreating outdoors.

“Our firefighters will be busy this summer responding to lightning-caused wildfires,” said Traci Weaver, Public Affairs Officer for Fire Communications for the USDA Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Region. “Please help us out by being safe and responsible with fire so we don’t add unnecessary human-caused wildfires to the mix.”

Nationally, approximately 90% of wildfires are human caused. Unattended campfires are the number one source of human-caused wildfires on public land. In 2017, 45% of wildfires in Oregon and 91% of wildfires in Washington were human-caused.

If you are planning to have a campfire, please remember:

  • First, “know before you go” whether campfires are allowed in the area you are visiting. Fire restrictions may be in place depending on local conditions.
  • Keep your campfire small and away from flammable material, like overhanging tree branches or shrubs.
  • Use a designated campfire ring when available.
  • Keep water and a shovel nearby.
  • Completely extinguish your campfire by drowning your fire with water and stirring with a shovel.
  • Make sure your campfire is cold to the touch before leaving it.

This short video demonstrates how to properly build and extinguish a campfire.

More info:

Smokey Bear’s Campfire Safety checklist (PDF) – via

Smokey How to Extinguish Campfire (002)

USDA Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Region staff.

Mt. Hood National Forest firewood permits available

A stack of sawn wood logs

SANDY, Ore. — April 16, 2018 — Mt. Hood National Forest personal-use firewood permits are now available for purchase for the 2018 firewood season. Prices are $10.00 per cord (two-cord minimum, 5 cord limit per household).

Firewood cutters should remember that roads may be inaccessible, depending on local conditions and snow level. Designated areas open for firewood cutting may change from week to week depending on supply and access, check for an updated firewood cutting information sheet before heading out onto the forest. As a requirement of their permit, firewood cutters must have valid permit with current firewood tags, a Mt. Hood National Forest firewood map, and a copy of the current firewood information sheet in their possession while cutting firewood on the forest.

Weekly information sheets showing current open areas are available at Ranger District offices and on the forest’s firewood web page.

To help ensure that the Mt. Hood National Forest has a sustainable firewood program, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Do not fell standing trees, dead or alive.
  • Notify your local district ranger office if you see anyone cutting into standing trees, and provide the office with a description of the vehicle, the time, and a license plate number.
  • Firewood cutters must have screen-type spark arrestors on their chainsaws, carry a pressurized chemical fire extinguisher not less than 8 ounces, and have a long-handled shovel with an 8-inch blade in their possession while harvesting firewood on the forest.
  • Before going to the forest, call your nearest Ranger Station for up-to-date information on supply and road conditions, as road conditions can change quickly.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and when you are expected home whenever traveling into the forest. It’s also a good practice to take along extra food, water, a forest map, and a first aid kit before setting off.

Purchase a personal-use firewood cutting permits or get more information at the following Mt. Hood National Forest ranger district offices:


Firewood Permit Locations
(All offices are closed for federal holidays)


Barlow Ranger District:

  • 780 NE Court St.; Dufur, OR

Open MON–FRI 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Phone: (541) 467-2291


Clackamas River Ranger District:

  • 595 Industrial Way; Estacada, OR

Open MON–FRI 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Closed 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). Phone: (503) 630-6861


Hood River Ranger District:

  • 6780 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR

Open MON–FRI 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Phone: (541) 352-6002


Zigzag Ranger District:

  • 70220 E. Highway 26, Zigzag, OR

Open MON–FRI 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Closed: noon-1 p.m.). Phone: (503) 622-3191


Colville NF firewood permits now available

Close-up photo depicting part of a pile of firewood

COLVILLE, Wash. — April 11, 2018 — Colville National Forest firewood permits are now available at all forest offices and at participating retail locations, including North 40 locations in Colville, Mead and Spokane Valley, Wash.; Porter’s Plaza in Ione, Wash.; Selkirk Ace Hardware in Old Town, Idaho, and Harding’s Hardware in Republic, Wash.

Permits are $5 dollars per cord, with a 4-cord minimum ($20.00). There is a 12-cord maximum per household.

To purchase a personal use firewood permit please visit your local ranger station or one of the vendors.

Permit-holders are asked to keep in mind that the spring melt is underway, and many forest roads are soft and easily damaged; please stay off soft roads and remember roads that are frozen in the morning may become impassable if they thaw later in the day.

Additionally, forest visitors should keep in mind the forest’s Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) and Firewood Cutting and Removal Map may show routes as open that are temporarily closed because the road has been damaged or is impassible. Please research your route carefully, and obey posted closure notices and signage for your safety and to protect the environment. Violators may be fined.

Illustration of a campfire consisting of logs and flames in front of a blue field resembling the night sky. Text reads: Buy it where you burn it.

Buy it where you burn it! Transporting firewood outside the area where it was collected can transport diseases and invasive pests. 

Keep it local! Moving firewood long distances can transport diseases and invasive pests. Buy or cut firewood in the same area you plan to burn it. For more information,

For more information about the Colville National Forest personal use firewood program, visit or call (509) 684-7000.



Participating vendors:

North 40, at:

  • 15228 N Newport Highway; Mead, WA 99201,
  • 8307 E Trent Ave.; Spokane Valley, WA 99212
  • 1150 S Main; Colville, WA 99114

Open MON–SAT 7 a.m.-7 p.m. & SUN 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Porter’s Plaza, at:

  • 103 N Second Ave.; Ione, WA 99139

Open MON–SAT 5 a.m.-8 p.m. & SUN 6 a.m.-7 p.m.


Selkirk Ace Hardware, at: 

  • 495 E Highway 2; Old Town, ID 83822

Open MON–SUN 6 a.m.-7 p.m.


Harding’s Hardware, at:

  • 85 N Clark Ave.; Republic, WA 99166

Open MON–SAT 8 a.m.-6 p.m. & SUN 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Permits are also available for purchase at all Colville National Forest customer service locations, including the Forest Supervisor’s and District Rangers’ offices. For locations and current hours of operation, visit

Please note: Colville National Forest firewood permits are no longer available at the Bureau of Land Management’s Spokane District office.

Colville National Forest PAO staff report