“The prolonged drought conditions throughout the area, along with the above normal temperatures for much of the summer have made our forests very dry” says DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed. “Even with the cooler weather that we are expecting, wildfires can easily start and spread quickly.”
Reed reminds that DFPA’s Regulated Use Closure remains in effect for the general public. The Regulated Use Closure restricts or prohibits certain high fire risk activities on all private, county, state, and BLM land protected by DFPA. Restrictions include:
- Open fires, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires are prohibited except at designated campgrounds. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
- Chain saw use is prohibited, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. in areas subject to Industrial Fire Precaution Level I and II. Non-industrial chainsaw use is prohibited during IFPL III or IV. When chainsaws are being used, an 8-oz. fire extinguisher and shovel must be on site and a fire watch is required when the chainsaw use is done.
- The use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads.
- A shovel AND one gallon of water or one operational 2½ lb. or larger fire extinguisher is required in each vehicle when traveling in wildland areas. All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one operational 2½ lb. or larger fire extinguisher.
- The use of fireworks, tracer ammunition, exploding targets, and sky lanterns are prohibited.
- The cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.
- The mowing of dried and cured grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
- 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 Services; and 2) Operated in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions.
Due to the fire danger, many large landowners in Douglas County have imposed additional fire restrictions or closures on their lands. These restrictions and closures are in addition to DFPA’s Regulated Use Closure. Reed suggests that residents check with the landowner for the location they plan to recreate on, before they head to the woods.
DFPA has suppressed 92 fires this year which have burned about 31 acres. 63 of those fires have been human caused.
Fire Prevention Specialist
Douglas Forest Protective Association
Office: (541) 672-6507 ext. 136
Cell: (541) 580-2789