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 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 July 21, 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.
- Elbow Creek Fire – is burning ~31 miles southeast of Walla Walla, Washington, in the Grande Ronde River drainage near Mud Springs, Washington. The fire is burning on both sides of the Grande Ronde River and is on or threatening Umatilla National Forest lands (entire forest is temporarily closed), Wallowa-Whitman National Forest lands, Vale District Bureau of Land Management lands and Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands.
- Jack Fire – is burning ~20 miles east of Glide. A Level 3 evacuation (GO!) remains in effect for all homes, businesses and recreation areas located on Highway 138 between mile marker 43 east to Eagle Rock Campground. Current and interactive fire evacuation map can be found on Douglas County Sheriff’s Office website.
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.
COVID-19 Travel Information
As of June 30, statewide mask mandates , in most settings, will be lifted and there will no longer be capacity limits, required physical distancing or county risk levels.
Following federal guidance, some statewide mask requirements may stay 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 Health Authority
- Centers for Disease Control
- Oregon Office of Emergency Management
- Other Updates and Way to Help
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.