Travel Alerts

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.

Wildfire Season

Multnomah Falls

COVID-19 Travel Information

Welcome Center Closures

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 August 2, 2021 the following wildfires are in Oregon:

  • Bootleg Fire – is burning ~15 miles northwest of Beatty. Smoke from the fire is highly visible from Oregon State Highway 140, Sprague River Highway, Chiloquin and the surrounding area. Area residents and Forest visitors are asked to avoid the fire area, including Forest Roads 44, 46 and 3462, as well as Head of the River Campground and Sycan Crossing dispersed campground.
  • Middle Fork Complex – is burning ~9 miles north of Oakridge. The incidents are in the Fall Creek, Hills Creek Reservoir and north of Huckleberry areas. 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, are at evacuation LEVEL 3 (GO NOW).

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:

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.

Learn how to book your tickets to Multnomah Falls.

COVID-19 Travel Information

As of June 30, statewide mask mandates, in most settings, were lifted and there are currently no capacity limits, required physical distancing or county risk levels. However, in response to the jump in cases and hospitalizations and new CDC guidance calling for masking measures to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Oregon Health Authority is now recommending universal mask use in public indoor settings throughout the state to protect Oregonians from COVID-19.

Statewide mask requirements will also be in place in specialized settings including airports, public transit and healthcare settings. Additionally, some businesses may choose to require patrons to wear a face cover. Have a face cover handy (just in case). And please be patient, flexible and kind – especially if asked to mask up, fully vaccinated or not.

For more traveler information and prevention tips, we encourage you to seek the most current information from the following sources:

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.

Visitors may call 1.800.547.7842 to request information, submit travel questions to Ask Oregon or visit the PDX, Ashland, Brookings and Seaside

Welcome Centers.