DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The Douglas Forest Protective Association had to tighten fire restrictions on industrial operations, according to officials.
They say extreme fire danger on the Douglas District, combined with hot, dry weather, has prompted the DFPA to impose Industrial Fire Precaution Level III on regulated use areas in DG-1 and DG-2, and all forestland within 1/8 of a mile.
Cable yarding and power saw use is prohibited under IFPL III, with some exceptions.
Some activities, such as operations using a tractor, skidder, feller-buncher or shovel may also work between 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. Blasting, welding or cutting of metal are also allowed during these hours on industrial operations with firefighting equipment.
they say a three-hour fire watch is also required at the end of the shift.
Non-industrial power saw use, such as wood cutting, is prohibited under DFPA’s Regulated Use Closure when IFPL III goes into effect.
For further information on these fire restrictions, you can visit the DFPA's Web site, or call the information line at 541-672-0379.
The new restrictions went into effect Wednesday morning.