Rain brings breath of fresh air for fire officials


DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- With Fall-like temperatures and wetness finally setting in, fire restrictions have changed.

On Saturday morning, the Douglas Forest Protective Association lowered the Industrial Fire Precaution level to level one for the entire Douglas District.

The fire danger has also been dropped to moderate.

There are still some regulations in place, however. The Regulated Use Closure for the general public is still in effect.

Officials with the DFPA say that the rain over the weekend helped to take the edge off of fire danger, but there's still a ways to go before fire season ends.

Fire tools are still required when headed through wildland areas, and backyard burning and campfires are still prohibited.

For the Umpqua National Forest, the rain and cooler weather also bring some changes.

On Sunday, officials say the UNF dropped into IFPL 1, meaning public use restrictions on UNF lands have been lifted.

There are no time restrictions under an IFPL I; however, industrial operators must still have fire tools and a water supply at each operation site.  A fire-watch is also required at the end of the operation period.

The cooler weather has started prescribed burn season on agricultural lands, so officials warn that residents could start to see smoke in the area.