Travel Oregon’s first priority is the safety of our residents and visitors. As we navigate life through a pandemic and historic wildfires, we always recommend consulting official resources prior to traveling to ensure access to your destination is safe.
COVID-19 Travel Information
To slow the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, effective August 27, Oregonians and visitors ages 5 and up are required to wear face coverings in all public indoor and outdoor settings statewide, regardless of vaccination status. Some Oregon businesses are starting to require proof of a vaccination as well. Please continue to be patient, flexible and kind, especially if asked to mask up, or share your vaccination status. These measures are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
For more traveler information and prevention tips, we encourage you to seek the most current information from the following sources:
- Oregon Health Authority
- Centers for Disease Control
- Oregon Office of Emergency Management
- Other Updates and Way to Help
- COVID-19 and travel to and within Oregon – FAQ
Wildfire Season Updates
Like many states in the West, Oregon has seen an increase in the size of wildfires in recent years. While natural wildfires are a part of healthy forest ecosystems, uncontrolled wildfires caused by people can endanger lives, homes and vital natural resources.
On June 30th, Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency due to the imminent threat of wildfire across Oregon. On the heels of record-breaking high temperatures, much of the state is in high or extreme fire danger with red flag warnings in effect for hot, dry, windy conditions and dry thunderstorms.
Effective Thursday, July 22 no campfires will be allowed in state parks and in state-managed forests east of Interstate 5, even in designated campfire areas. This includes charcoal fires, cooking fires, warming fires, charcoal briquettes, pellet grills, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Portable cooking stoves or propane lanterns using liquefied or bottle fuels are allowed, though propane fire pits are not. To learn more about the campfire ban, visit the Oregon Department of Forestry website.
As of September 8, 2021 the following wildfires are in Oregon:
- Cougar Peak Fire – is currently burning approximately 15 miles northwest of Lakeview on the Fremont-Winema National Forest Lakeview Ranger District. Cottonwood Campground is located approximately 1.5 miles west of the Cougar Peak Fire. The campground was evacuated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon. Recreation sites in the area are closed, including Upper Cottonwood, as well as Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, due to the fire. Level 1 and Level 3 evacuation advisories are currently in effect in the area.
- Bull Complex – is a group of fires burning along the southern side of Mount Hood National Forest. Area closures are in place on both the Willamette and Mt. Hood National Forests, along with the existing area closures from the 2020 Lionshead, Beachie, and Riverside Fires. Level 1 (Be Ready) evacuation advisory in effect for Breitenbush Hot Springs Resort.
- Devil’s Knob Complex– is a group of fires mostly burning on the Tiller Ranger District and on private lands protected by Douglas Forest Protective Association. Level 2 Evacuation (prepare to leave at a moment’s notice) is in effect for Ash Creek – South Umpqua Road. Forest Road 29 is open for access out of Ash Valley as is north 28 (south 28 is temporarily impassable).
- Middle Fork Complex – is burning ~9 miles north of Oakridge. Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuation in effect for all homes, campgrounds and dispersed recreation along Forest Service Road 18 (Big Fall Creek Road) east of the intersection with Forest Service Road 1821, including Puma Campground and Bedrock Campground. As of August 23, closures have been expanded to include general forest areas, developed recreational sites, roads, and trails on the Middle Fork Ranger District and additional sites on the McKenzie River Ranger District.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, read this guide to what you need to know about wildfire season in Oregon. Before venturing out, check out these resources:
- Northwest Interagency Coordination Center — Interactive map of current major wildfires
- Forest Service: fire danger levels – Descriptions about fire danger levels and what they mean
- Tillamook State Forest blog – Information about fire danger levels and what to bring for a safe trip
- Ready Set Gorge — Trip planning resource to help ensure a safe, sustainable and enjoyable time in the Gorge
- Oregon Department of Forestry — Current and historical Oregon wildfire information
- TripCheck — Interactive map featuring current road conditions, closures and delays
- Oregon Smoke Information — Blog reporting on Oregon smoke forecasts and air quality updates
- OR-Alert — Sign up for emergency notifications
- Keep Oregon Green — Fire prevention tips
- How to help communities impacted by wildfire
- Hiker’s guide to forest trails after fire
Visiting Multnomah Falls
Between July 20, 2021, and Sept. 19, 2021, all Multnomah Falls visitors must book an advance ticket to take in the sight of Oregon’s tallest waterfall as well as to explore the historic 1925 Multnomah Falls Lodge.
Visitors who ride a shuttle to Multnomah Falls do not need to book an advance ticket — they just need to show their shuttle pass at the entrance instead.
Oregon Welcome Centers
Services at Oregon Welcome Centers have been impacted, due to varying conditions caused by COVID-19 and wildfires. The Ashland, Brookings, Seaside and Portland International Airport (PDX) welcome centers are open to assist visitors in person. All other state welcome centers are closed until further notice.