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Keeping fire safety front and center

As Oregon pushes forward through another fire season that includes more travelers on the roads, summer heat and the end of debris removal operations in sight, we urge everyone to continue to keep safety top of mind. Our crews are committed to keeping Oregon communities and worksites safe by paying attention to some basic fire safety mitigation practices.


Smoking is not allowed outside of a vehicle by any personnel, including flaggers, while working or traveling in an operational area.


Each operations area must have a fire watch. The fire watch is dedicated personnel responsible for actively patrolling the project area during and immediately after all operations periods. The fire watch must have the necessary equipment and trained personnel to respond to a fire.


Relative humidity and wind speed information are taken and recorded at each job site regularly, as they can create unsafe conditions that render a site more prone to fire activity. Operations will be immediately suspended if weather reaches specific humidity and/or wind speed levels. These levels can vary based on project area-specific circumstances or operation types.


A 1,000-gallon water tender or fire truck is required to be positioned within five minutes of all active working operations. Fire tools, including shovels, Pulaski axes and fire extinguishers, are required on all operations sites.

Bookmark Keep Oregon Green for more information on fire prevention and keep tabs on large fire activity in Oregon.



Wildfire waste and debris removal

The State of Oregon is working with federal, state and local partners to remove hazardous waste, and ash and debris from the 2020 Oregon wildfires safely, efficiently, and as quickly as possible. The Oregon Departments of Transportation, Environmental Quality and Emergency Management are leading the effort, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assistance.

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