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.

COVID-19 Travel Information

Wildfire Season

Multnomah Falls

Welcome Center Closures

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:

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 October 5, 2021 the following wildfires are in Oregon:

  • 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.D
  • 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:

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.

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.