2015 another severe fire season

A cool, wet winter and heavy snowpack delayed the start of fire season in much of western and northeastern Oregon. However, the onset of hotter, drier weather is quickly drying out forests and rangeland, making it easier for fires to start. More than half of ODF-protected lands are in districts that have declared the start of fire season this month. It's especially important as summer approaches to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.







Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fire Prevention: Klamath-Lake District & Walker Range implement wildland regulated use closure

Campfires, Smoking, Firewood Cutting, Off-road Vehicles Affected

Beginning Friday, June 26, 2015, at 12:01 AM, all private, county, and state wildlands protected by the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry [ODF], including BLM lands west of HWY. 97 as well as those Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands west of the Gerber Reservoir Area in Klamath County, along with Walker Range Forest Patrol Association will be placed under a PUBLIC REGULATED USE CLOSURE. 

With the progression of summer conditions and continued drying of forest fuels, local fire danger levels have reached “HIGH." 

Fires starting in these conditions have the potential for rapid fire spread and major damage. The Regulated Use Restrictions being placed in effect by fire officials will dramatically reduce the chance of an accidental fire start.

Under the Public Regulated Use Closure:
Smoking in wildland areas is permitted only in enclosed vehicles on roads.
Camping, cooking or warming fires will be prohibited, except in the following designated locations:
KLAMATH COUNTY: Topsy Campground (BLM), Surveyor Campground (BLM), Collier State Park, Kimball State Park, Hagel­stein Park (county) and posted sites in the Klamath River Canyon.
LAKE COUNTY: Gooselake State Park.
Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are permitted at all other locations.
Off road driving and motorized vehicles on un-improved roads is prohibited.

Use of fireworks is prohibited.

"Fireworks" means any combustible or explosive device or any other article which was prepared for the purpose of providing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, including firecrackers, fountains, skyrockets, snakes and sparklers.
P   Possession of a full size axe, shovel and a 2 ½ lb. fire extinguisher or filled gallon water container is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on state and county roads.
Debris Burning, which was banned June 5th in Klamath and Lake Counties when Klamath-Lake District of the Oregon Department of Forestry and Walker Range Patrol Association declared fire season, remains in effect.

In addition, the following activities will be prohibited between the hours of 1:00 to 8:00 PM:
Non-Industrial Chain saw use.
 Cutting, grinding and welding of metal on forested lands.

The above regulations expand those already in effect in the Klamath River Canyon since June 5thThe “Fire Season in effect” declaration on June 5th put into place regulations restricting debris burning and timber harvest operations.  Wildland and structural fire protection agencies in Klamath County have agreed to prohibit all outdoor debris burning.  

Forest operations that require a Permit to operate power driven machinery now are required to have fire tools, on-site water supply, and watchman service on privately owned forest land.   Declaring the “Fire Season” also prohibits the release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding targets or the discharge of tracer ammunition during this period.

Klamath-Lake District Web Page: [http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/field/kl/aboutklamathlake.aspx]

Southwest Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties. Contact 541-684-3328 for current SWO information.
Fremont – Winema National Forests and Lakeview District BLM - contact 541-883-6715 or 541-947-2151.


2 comments:

  1. So, chain saws are allowed for firewood cutting on private land, until 1pm? Or from 1pm to 8pm?

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    1. Yes, chainsaw use is allowed until 1 p.m., prohibited from 1 to 8 p.m., and then allowed again after 8 p.m. This is to prevent the possibility of fire starts during the heat of the day.

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