Media Contact: Tamara Schmidt
LAKEVIEW, Ore. – As of this morning, the fire danger had been reduced from extreme to high, the Industrial Fire Precaution Level was reduced to 2 on lands under the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership and Public Use Restrictions were lifted in several areas.
The IFPL affects lands administered by the Fremont-Winema National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management Lakeview District and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Sheldon-Hart Mountain and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complexes. The Public Use Restrictions are also lifted on these public lands.The only Lakeview District BLM lands not included in this are those within the Klamath Falls Resource Area west of Langell Valley. This area is under the protection of the Oregon Department of Forestry, which remains under regulated use. For information on specific restrictions in areas under ODF’s fire protection, please visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.
Crater Lake National Park remains under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, prohibiting campfires in the backcountry and restricting campfires and smoking to designated areas. For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/crla and select “Alerts.”
Personal and commercial woodcutters are allowed to resume operations in accordance with their permit and current IFPL levels. Woodcutters are reminded of their responsibility to stay informed of current IFPLs and all restrictions that apply to activities conducted on public lands. Failure to comply with the fire precautionary requirements may result in a violation notice.
“While the Public Use Restrictions are lifted and the fire danger is decreasing, conditions are still dry,” said Interagency Fire Staff Officer Barry Shullanberger. “As people go out to enjoy their public lands – whether it’s cutting firewood, hunting, camping or just enjoying the warm weather – we ask that they be careful with anything that can throw a spark and to make sure campfires are completely out and cold to the touch before leaving.”
Visitors should also be aware of their surroundings and prepared for changing weather conditions as the seasons change. This includes reporting visible smoke that could be from a wildfire.
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