"We are looking to reduce the potential of any new fires on the landscape," explains District Forester Mike Shaw, "we strongly encourage you to follow current fire restrictions and be mindful of all activities in the woods."
The increased restrictions limit activities such as mowing, chainsaw use and welding between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. when temperatures are hot and humidity is low.
So far this year, human-caused fires have accounted for 37 of the 56 fires in the Central Oregon District. Following restrictions can reduce ignitions and protect lives and limit damage to our natural resources, including air, water, and soil.
All ODF districts have announced the local fire danger to be high or extreme. The current fire danger level in each district and the restrictions in place for that district can be accessed at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx