Fire restrictions go into effect on local forestlands Friday
On Friday, July 11, 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 apply to the following activities:
* NO smoking in the forest except in closed vehicles
* NO campfires outside of designated campgrounds
* NO open fires
* NO use of motorized vehicles except on improved roads
* NO use of any fireworks
* NO chainsaws
* Mowing of tall dead or cured grass is allowed, but only before 1p.m. or after 8 p.m.
The Fire Restrictions also require forest users to carry a shovel with a 26-inch handle with 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 July 1. 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 has progressed, conditions in the forest have gotten 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