The Oregon Department of Forestry’S Klamath-Lake District encourages forest users to continue to exercise caution and avoid starting a wildfire. The district has experienced some cooler than normal weather through most of July, but the conditions have changed rapidly with the current hot and dry period. The trend of mid-summer temperatures well into the 80s and 90s with no moisture looks to continue for awhile.
“It is time to go into Extreme Fire Danger Level,” said Randall Baley, protection unit forester. “We still want to encourage the summer family traditions and fun in camping and recreating but also ask people to keep in mind preventive details to reduce potential for accidental fire starts.”
The Klamath-Lake District has been in Public Regulated Use Restrictions since July 1, which fall on all private, county and state lands protected by the district in Klamath and Lake Counties, including Bureau of Land Management lands west of the Gerber Reservoir area.
Under the Public Regulated Use Closure on ODF-protected lands:
§ Smoking in wildland areas is permitted only in enclosed vehicles or improved roads.
§ Camping, cooking or warming fires are 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 locations.
§ Chainsaw use is prohibited between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
§ Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads. Possession of a shovel at least 26 inches long and a 2.5 lb. fire extinguisher or larger, or filled gallon water container, is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on state and county roads.
§ Debris Burning was banned June 3 in Klamath and Lake Counties when fire season was declared and remains in effect.
§ Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited. (For landowners and/or their employee(s) thereof, conducting activities associated with their livelihood, cutting, grinding and welding is prohibited between the hours of 1 p.m and 8 p.m.)
§ Use of fireworks is prohibited.