· Cable yarding – except that gravity operated logging systems with non-motorized carriages may operate before 1 p.m. or after 8 p.m. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above ground except the line between the carriage and the chokers;
· Power saws – except at loading sites and at tractor skidder operations before 1 p.m. or after 8 p.m.
In addition, the following activities are permitted before 1:00 p.m. and after 8:00 p.m.
· Tractor, skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders, or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fireline are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start;
· Mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material;
· Welding or cutting of metal;
· Any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned.
For the general public, fire restrictions are increasing as well. Under DFPA’s Regulated Use Closure, when IFPL III goes into effect, all non-industrial chain saw use is prohibited. In addition, several changes have been made to the Regulated Use Closure which also take effect July 2.
- The cutting, grinding and welding of metal for non-industrial purposes is prohibited, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present.
· The mowing of dead, dry grass with power driven equipment is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
For more information about the current industrial and public use closures that are in effect, visit www.dfpa.net or call the information line 541-672-0379.