ODF Raises Fire Danger Level For Commercial Operators

By Jim McCoy Tue 8th July Newsfire dangerODF
The Oregon Department of Forestry has heightened regulations in the Southwest Oregon District with the recent high temperatures and dry conditions. Here are the rules now in place on ODF and BLM lands: •The use of fire in any form will be prohibited •The use of power saws will be prohibited, except at loading sites, between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. •The use of cable yarders will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. •Blasting will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. •Welding or cutting of metal will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Additionally, commercial operators on forestlands are required to have fire suppression equipment on site and provide watchman service. These regulations affect all state, county, private and Bureau of Land Management lands in Jackson and Josephine counties. The public regulated use fire danger level remains at “high” (yellow). The following fire prevention regulations took effect June 16: •No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels; •No fireworks use on forestlands; •Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited; •Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed in other locations; •Motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads; •Chain saws may not be used between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. During other hours, chain saw users must have an ax, a shovel and an 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the job site, and a fire watch is required for one hour after the saw is shut down; Mowing of dead or dry grass with power-driven equipment is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops; •Cutting, grinding or welding metal are not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. These activities are allowed during other hours provided the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site; Smoking while traveling is allowed only in enclosed vehicles on improved roads; •Electric fence controllers must be approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and be installed and used in compliance with the fence controller’s instructions for fire safe operation. In the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River between Grave Creek and Marial, the following fire prevention restrictions also went into effect on June 16: •Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in boats on the water, and on sand or gravel bars that lie between water and high water marks that are free of vegetation. •All travelers are required to carry one shovel and a one-gallon or larger bucket. •Use of fireworks is prohibited. •Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, cooking fires and warming fires. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels, and charcoal fires for cooking and built in raised fire pans, are allowed on sand or gravel bars that lie between water and high water marks that are free of vegetation. Ashes must be hauled out.

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