Sunday, August 25, 2013

Rain = Change in Public Use Closures: 11am - 8pm shutdown

Rains that dampened the forests floors in Jackson and Josephine Counties have caused the Oregon Dept. of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District to keep the Fire Danger Level at Extreme, but now with an 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. shutdown for some operations.

The following public use restriction changes will be in effect starting Sunday, Aug. 25:
  • Chain saws may not be used between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. During other hours, users must have an ax, shovel and fire extinguisher on-site, and provide a one-hour fire watch after using the saw.
  • The mowing or cutting of dead or dry grass with power-driven equipment will not be allowed between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This restriction does not include the mowing of green lawns, or when equipment is used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • Cutting, grinding or welding metal will not be allowed between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. During other hours, a water supply must be present at the work site and work may proceed only in a cleared area.
  • Any other spark-emitting machinery may not be used between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This includes, but is not limited to, generators, firewood splitters and chippers. During other hours, this equipment should be used only in a cleared area, and have a water supply and shovel close at hand.
  • Tracer ammunition and exploding targets may not be used in wildland areas.
The following public use restrictions remain in effect:
  • All open burning of debris is prohibited. This includes burn barrels.
  • Fireworks are prohibited on forestlands.
  • Camp fires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. This restriction includes charcoal-fired barbecues; however, stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed in other locations.
  • Vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are not allowed on unimproved roads. This restriction does not include vehicles used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • Smoking is allowed only in a vehicle and only while on an improved road.
  • Any electric fence controller in use shall contain a listing from a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and be operated in compliance with manufacturer instruction for firesafe operation.
For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season regulations, contact the unit office in your area:
· Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. Phone: (541) 664-3328
· Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Drive,Grants Pass. Phone: (541) 474-3152

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