Corvallis, OR: Due to increased fire danger levels, the Siuslaw National Forest has initiated Public Use Restrictions.
“The Siuslaw National Forest has not had any significant rainfall for more than 100 days, which creates to low fuel moistures,” said Nancy Ashlock, Fire Staff Officer for the Siuslaw National Forest. “We are experiencing extremely low relative humidity and strong easterly winds throughout the northwest corner of the state.”
These fire-prone weather conditions are expected to last through mid-October. According to Ashlock, under these conditions any fire has the potential to grow very large very fast.
The following public use restrictions are effective October 4:
* No Fires—Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, or campfire, including a charcoal fire, is prohibited except in developed campgrounds as listed below and on the Siuslaw National Forest webpage.
* Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuel are allowed.
* Make sure all fires in allowed, developed campgrounds are extinguished completely and cold to the touch before leaving.
* No Smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material.
* If smoking in a cleared area, make sure that no embers have been inadvertently dropped before you leave.
“We apologize for any inconvenience that these restrictions pose, but our priority is to prevent wildfires,” added Ashlock. “We thank everyone for working with us to keep the forest safe, green and fire free.”
The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) remains an IFPL II on all lands protected by the Siuslaw National Forest. For information about the IFPL on state protected lands, visit the Oregon Department of Forestry’s at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/precautionlevel.aspx
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Coastal Valley Interagency Communication Center (CVICC) at 541-750-7024. Please use caution while visiting or traveling throughout the Forest. Report all fires to CVICC or call 911.