DFPA: IFPIII goes into effect Friday

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Starting on Friday, the DFPA is imposing more restrictions on lands in regulated use areas.

Beginning at 1:00 a.m. the Douglas Forest Protective Association will impose Industrial Fire Precaution Level 3 (IFP III) on all private, county, state and Bureau of Land Management lands in regulated use areas DG-1 and DG-2.

So what does that mean for you?

Here is the DFPA breakdown:
•    No cable yarding – except that gravity operated logging systems with non-motorized carriages may operate between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above ground except the line between the carriage and the chokers.
•    No power saws except at loading sites and at tractor skidder operations between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.

In addition, the following activities are permitted before 1:00 p.m. and after 8:00 p.m.

•    Tractor, skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders, or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fireline are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start
•    Mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material
•    Blasting
•    Welding or cutting of metal
•    Any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned.

For the general public, fire restrictions are also increasing.

Under DFPA’s Regulated Use Closure, when IFPL III goes into effect, all non-industrial chain saw use is prohibited.

There are more changes to the closure as well. Cutting and grinding of metal is prohibited, as well as mowing dead, dry grass between the hours of 10:00 am and 8:00 p.m.

For more information about the current industrial and public use closures that are in effect, visit DFPA's Web site or call the information line 672-0379.