Fire restrictions go into effect on local forestlands June 22, 2015
On Monday, June 22, the Department of Forestry will increase restrictions on forest activities due to rising fire danger. The “Regulated Use” closure is specifically geared to reduce the chance of wildfires starting from public activities in forested areas. The restrictions ban the following activities:
- Smoking in the forest except in closed vehicles
- Campfires outside of designated campgrounds
- All open fires
- Use of motorized vehicles except on improved roads
- Use of any fireworks and the use of chainsaws
- Mowing of tall dead or cured grass between the hours of 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM
- The Regulated Use closure also requires forest users to carry a shovel with a 26-inch handle and an 8-inch blade, and either one gallon water or a 2-1/2 lb., ABC-rated fire extinguisher
Fire season was declared on the West Oregon District on June16, 2015. This declaration primarily affects forest operations, such as logging sites, by requiring firefighting equipment on site and the use of precautionary measures against fire. The “Regulated Use” closure extends restrictions and preventative measures to the public on all private and Bureau of Land Management forest lands in Benton, Lincoln, Polk and Southern Yamhill counties.
As the summer progresses, conditions in the forest are forecast to be warmer and drier, pushing the fire danger up. The intent of the Regulated Use closure is to limit some of the potential ignition sources of forest fires. Human activities continue to be the top cause of forest fires.
For further information on the public use restrictions, please do not hesitate to contact the Oregon Department of Forestry during normal business hours.
Benton County: Philomath Office – (541) 929-3266
Lincoln County: Toledo Office – (541) 336-2273
Polk County or Yamhill County: Dallas Office – (503) 934-8146