New restrictions in place as fire danger ratchets up

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Current fire weather conditions have prompted the Douglas Forest Protective Association to limit public activities in forested areas, including a move to the "partial hootowl" fire protection level.

A Regulated Use Closure will go into effect on all private, county, state and BLM lands protected by DFPA on July 9 at 12:01 a.m.

Under the Regulated Use Closure, the following provisions are set to ensure wildland fire safety:
 

  • Smoking is prohibited while traveling through wildland areas, except in enclosed vehicles on improved roads.
     
  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires, and warming fires, except at designated campgrounds. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed. BLM Designated Campgrounds:  Cavitt Creek, Eagle View, Lone Pine, Millpond, Rock Creek, Susan Creek, and Tyee. Douglas County Parks Designated Campgrounds:  Amacher Park, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Pass Creek, Stanton Park, Chief Miwaleta, and Whistler’s Bend.
     
  • Chainsaw use is prohibited between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. in areas subject to Industrial Fire Precaution Levels 1 and 2. Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one shovel; and one operational 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required for at least one hour following the use of each saw.
     
  • Chainsaw use is prohibited in areas subject to Industrial Fire Precaution Levels 3 and 4.
     
  • The use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and ATVs, is prohibited, except on improved roads and for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
     
  • Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle; one shovel and one gallon of water or one fully charged and operational 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher.  ATV’s and motorcycles must be equipped with one operational 2.5 pound or larger ABC type fire extinguisher.
     
  • The use of fireworks is prohibited.
     
  • The cutting, grinding and welding of metal in dry, grassy or forested areas is prohibited between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is permitted at all other hours, in conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present.
     
  • Mowing of dead and cured grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
     
  • Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Service; and 2) Operated in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

     

In addition, the following activities are prohibited during fire season under Oregon House Bill 3199:

  • The use of exploding targets
     
  • The use of sky lanterns
     
  • The use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base.


For more information about public or industrial closures currently in effect, call DFPA’s information line at 541-672-0379 or visit www.dfpa.net


IFPL 2 starts Wednesday

Effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, the Douglas Forest Protective Association will enter an Industrial Fire Precaution Level II (IFPL 2) for the entire Douglas District (zones DG-1, DG-2, UA-1, & UA-2.) 

The IFPL system is a set of regulations for industrial activities working on forestlands to help prevent wildfires.

IFPL II, or “partial hootowl”, prohibits blasting, welding, cable yarding, and the use of power saws except at loading sites, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  A fire watch of two hours is also required after all work has completed for the day.

For more information about current public use or industrial restrictions, call DFPA’s information line at 672-0379 or visit www.dfpa.net.