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.
Winter Travel ConditionsUpdated October 27, 2022
Oregonians know that winter weather here can change in a minute, so always check road conditions on TripCheck.com before you go. If you know how to drive in the snow (you know who you are), make sure to carry chains and know how to use them. Or, invest in snow tires for the season. See our Winter Safety 101 story for tips before you head out or check out Oregon Department of Transportation’s tips on everything related to winter driving. (Don’t be that person caught on the TV news sliding down an icy hill.)
Wildfire ConditionsUpdated October 21, 2022
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.
Many wildfire-impacted areas remain closed, while others have reopened but still require caution when visiting. Here’s what you should know about visiting Oregon’s wildfire-impacted areas.
Visitors and residents are also encouraged to sign up for emergency mobile alerts on oralert.gov.
Are there currently wildfires in Oregon?
Cedar Creek Fire
- The fire remains active, mostly burning with low to moderate intensity on the perimeter. Smoke will continue to linger through the week, impacting air quality.
- Location: 15 miles east of Oakridge
- Size: 127,283 acres, 55% contained
- Start date: Aug. 1
- Cause: Lightning
- Closures and evacuations:
- There are new, reduced closures in effect on the Deschutes National Forest and Willamette National Forest. These closures will remain in place until areas impacted by the fire are surveyed for safety risks and fire crews are able to mitigate these hazards. Please respect Forest closures for firefighter and public safety. Please visit Willamette National Forest and Deschutes National Forest for the most recent closure orders and maps. Pacific Crest Trail hikers should visit pcta.org for current information. There is a Temporary Flight Restriction over the Cedar Creek Fire area. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone – if you fly, we can’t.
- Smoke/air quality: Air quality conditions due to smoke are expected to range from good to hazardous within the forecast area. Smoke impacts will be heavily dependent on fire activity. For current conditions, see Fire.airnow.gov, oakridgeair.org, and LRAPA – Today’s Current Air Quality. Smoke Forecast Outlooks are available at https://outlooks.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlook.
- Additional information for the fire is available on the Cedar Creek Fire Facebook page.
Eagle Cap Wilderness Fires: Double Creek, Sturgill, Nebo and Goat Mountain 2
Updated fire evacuation orders for the Double Creek and Eagle Cap Wilderness Fires available here.
Double Creek Fire
- Location: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, 10 miles SE of Imnaha, Grizzle Ridge
- Size: 171,505 acres, 89% contained
- Start date: Aug. 30
- Cause: Lightning
- Weather: Increased windspeeds and low humidity are predicted to occur Friday and Saturday. Smoke impacts will persist in the area throughout the morning hours and into the early afternoon. A shift in wind direction from east to northwest and a slight increase in windspeeds is expected this afternoon, along with increasing temperatures.
- Closures and evacuations:
- The Wallowa Whitman National Forest issued Temporary Area Closures for the Double Creek Fire, Nebo Fire, and Sturgill Fire (includes Goat Mountain 2 Fire) on Monday. Closure Orders and Maps are available on the Wallowa Whitman National Forest Fire Incident Updates page.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, read this guide to wildfire season in Oregon.
COVID-19 Travel Information
The U.S. border is reopened to vaccinated international travelers. Some countries may require negative PCR tests before re-entry. Please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s website for information about where to get tested.
Masks are no longer required in indoor or outdoor spaces. 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.
Masks are still “strongly recommended” in the outdoors for people at higher risk from the disease, such as people who are elderly, immunocompromised, or those who haven’t been vaccinated.
For more traveler information and prevention tips, we encourage you to seek the most current information from the following sources:
Oregon Welcome Centers
Where can I find an Oregon Welcome Center?
Visitors may call 1.800.547.7842 to request information, submit travel questions to Ask Oregon or visit to talk to a friendly staff member and pick up a few travel guides for the region you’re visiting.