While the Regulated-Use Closure doesn’t prohibit public access to the forest, it does restrict certain fire-prone activities. The following provisions are set to help prevent wildfires:
Smoking is prohibited while traveling through wildland areas, except in enclosed vehicles on improved roads.
Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires, and warming fires, except at designated campgrounds. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed. DFPA-designated campgrounds include:
· BLM campgrounds: Cavitt Creek, Eagle View, Lone Pine, Millpond, Rock Creek, Susan Creek and Tyee.
· Douglas County Parks Campgrounds: Amacher Park, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Pass Creek, Stanton Park, Chief Miwaleta and Whistler’s Bend.
Chainsaw use is prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in areas subject to Industrial Fire Precaution Levels 1 and 2. Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one shovel and one operational 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required for at least one hour following the use of each saw.
The use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and ATV’s, are prohibited, except on improved roads or for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on federal and state highways, county roads, and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one fully charged and operational 2.5 pound or larger ABC fire extinguisher. ATV’s and motorcycles must be equipped with one operational 2.5 pound or larger ABC type fire extinguisher.
The use of fireworks is prohibited.
The cutting, grinding and welding of metal in wildland areas is prohibited between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and with a water supply present.
The mowing of dried and cured grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 12 p.m. and 8 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
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 the manufacturer’s instructions.
In addition, the following activities are prohibited under ORS 477.512 during a declared fire season:
- The use of exploding targets
- The use of sky lanterns
- The use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base.
In addition to DFPA’s Regulated-Use Closures, private industrial landowners have the ability to add additional restrictions or complete closures to their land holdings throughout the summer due to the fire danger. Recreational forest users are advised to check with the landowners for the locations they plan to recreate on, before they head to the woods.
As of June 19, DFPA has suppressed 43 fires which have burned 248 acres. The number of fires and acres burned are up from the current 10-year average (January 1 – June 19), which is 14 fires burning 47 acres.
For more information about public or industrial fire restrictions on DFPA protected land, call the 24-hr fire information line at 541-672-0379 or visit www.dfpa.net
Fire Prevention Specialist
Douglas Forest Protective Association
Office: (541) 672-6507 ext. 136