Current situation

Fires in the Garner Complex in Josephine County have burned close to a 1,000 acres since Sunday. ODF Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the Complex to allow the Southwest Oregon District to focus on dozens of other lightning-sparked wildfires. While temperatures in many parts of Oregon won't be quite as hot today, conditions are drier than normal for this time of year. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 99% of Oregonians live in areas that are abnormally dry or in moderate drought, with southeast Oregon already in severe drought.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx





Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Industrial Fire Restrictions Increase

Increased fire danger on forestlands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association and Umpqua National Forest has made it necessary to increase the fire prevention measures on industrial operations. 

Industrial Fire Precaution Level II (two) takes effect at 12:01 am, Thursday, June 25, on all private, county, state, and federal lands protected by DFPA and the Umpqua National Forest.

IFPL II, or “partial hootowl”, prohibits blasting, welding, and cable yarding from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The use of power saws is also prohibited between these hours, except at loading sites.  A fire watch of two hours is also required when work has completed for the day. 

To stay current on wildland restrictions for the public and industry, call DFPA’s closure information line at 672-0379 or visit its web site at www.dfpa.net


For fire information pertaining to the Umpqua National Forest, call (541) 672-6601, and for IFPL information on the national forest call (541) 957-3325 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua.

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National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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