Industrial Fire Precaution Level [IFPL]

These Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL's) apply to lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Southwest Oregon District in Jackson and Josephine Counties.

Page updated September 18, 2017 ]

IFPL II (Two) is currently in effect.

It is the responsibility of the individual operating on public and private lands to know the precaution level for the day and to take the correct fire prevention steps listed below.


The following are the IFPL regulations for each level:

IFPL I (One) Fire Season

Fire season requirements are in effect. In addition to other fire prevention measures, a Firewatch is required at this and all higher level unless otherwise waived.


IFPL II (Two) Limited Shutdown

The following may operate after 8 p.m. and up until 1 p.m. daily:
  • Power saws, except at loading sites.
  • Feller-bunchers with rotary head saws.
  • Cable yarding.
  • Blasting.
  • Welding, cutting or grinding of metal.

IFPL III (Three) Restricted Shutdown

The following is prohibited except as indicated:
  • Cable yarding - except that gravity operated logging systems employing non-motorized carriages or approved motorized carriages may operate after 8 p.m. and up until 1 p.m. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground except the line between the carriage and the chokers and during rigging (see approved motorized carriage definition below).
The following may operate after 8 p.m. and up until 1 p.m. daily where mechanized equipment capable of constructing fireline is immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start:
  • Ground-based operations.
  • Power saws on ground-based operations.
  • Rotary head saw feller-bunchers with a continuous Firewatch.
  • Non-rotary head saw feller-bunchers.
  • Tethered logging systems.
The following may operate after 8 p.m. and up until 1 p.m. daily:
  • Power saws at loading sites.
  • Loading or hauling of any product or material.
  • Blasting.
  • Welding, cutting or grinding of metal.
  • Any other spark-emitting operation not specifically mentioned.

IFPL IV (Four) Complete Shutdown

All operations are prohibited.


NOTE: Where hauling involves transit through more than one shutdown/regulated use area, the precaution level at the loading site shall govern the level of haul restriction, unless otherwise prohibited by other than the IFPL system. Under IFPL III (Three), all trucks must be loaded and leaving the site no later than 1 p.m.


The following definitions shall apply to these industrial fire precaution levels:

Approved motorized carriage: A cable yarding system employing a motorized carriage with two fire extinguishers, each with at least a 2A: 10 BC (5lb) rating, mounted securely on opposite sides of the carriage, an emergency cutoff, and an approved exhaust system.

Cable yarding system: A yarding system employing cables and winches in a fixed position.

Fire Season: A fire precautionary period of the year when a fire hazard exists as declared by the responsible agency official.

Ground-based operations: Mobile and stationary equipment operations other than cable yarding systems, including but not limited to tractor/skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, processor, and shovel operations.

Loading sites: A place where any product or material (including, but not limited to logs, firewood, slash, soil, rock, poles, etc.) is placed in or upon a truck or other vehicle.

Tethered logging system: Winch-assisted, cable-assisted, traction-assisted, etc., which enable ground-based timber harvesting machines to operate on steep slopes.


Best Management Practices for Forest Operations Checklist
  • Assure good communications are established with protection district.
  • Keep all equipment clean of flammable material and debris.
  • Utilize and keep in good working condition manufacturer recommended non-sparking clamping jaws on braking systems on carriages.
  • Clean out spark arrester ports.
  • Assure hydraulic and fuel lines are in good condition.
  • Assure battery hold-downs are in good repair and positive terminal is insulated.
  • Assure electrical wiring and circuit breakers are in good working order according to manufacturer specifications.
  • Assure pumps and fire trucks are in good working condition.
  • Eliminate line rub.
  • When not in use, park equipment overnight in location clear of flammable material.
  • Monitor relative humidity hourly and consider shut down when relative humidity drops below 30 percent.

Waivers
Waivers, written in advance, may be used for any and all activities, except when in IFPL IV. Activities for which waivers may be issued include, but are not limited to:
  • Mechanized loading and hauling.
  • Road maintenance such as sprinkling, graveling, grading and paving.
  • Ground-based or tethered operations where cable yarding using gravity systems or suspended lines and blocks, or other yarding systems where extra prevention measures will significantly reduce the risk of fire.
  • Power saws at loading sites or in felling and bucking where extra prevention measures will significantly reduce the risk of fire.
  • Maintenance of equipment (other than metal cutting, welding and grinding) or improvements such as structures, fences and powerlines.