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Fire suppression activity on the North Cascade District
The North Cascade District is currently under regulated use.   
 
Regulated Use Closures do not affect where people can go but do affect what they can do.   Affected lands will often be marked with signs along with instructions and prevention reminders.  You should determine the specific restrictions that apply to your destination before traveling. The following restrictions are commonly put in place during a regulated use closure:

1.  Prohibition of smoking while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and at designated locations.  An "improved road" is a road that has been constructed for automobile use and is maintained clear of flammable debris.   2.  Open fires such as campfires, charcoal fires, and cooking fires are allowed only in designated locations.  Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed. 
 
3.  Restrictions or prohibition of  non-industrial use of chainsaws.  This includes private woodcutting.  An axe, shovel, and fire extinguisher of at least 8 oz. capacity must be kept with each saw. 
 
4.  The use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, may be prohibited, except on improved roads.
 
5.  Possessing the following fire equipment while traveling in timber, brush or grass areas may be required:  one axe at least 26 inches in length, with a head weighing at least 2 pounds; one shovel at least 26 inches in length, with a blade at least 8 inches wide; and one gallon of water or one fully charged and an operational 2.5 lb or larger fire extinguisher.
 
6.  Prohibition on the use of fireworks.
 
7.  Prohibition on the cutting, grinding and welding of metal in dry, grassy or forested areas between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
 
8.  Prohibition on the use of exploding targets.
 
Permit Closure: When fire danger increases, a permit closure may be announced.  Permit closures require people, including landowners, to obtain permits before entering designated forest lands.
 
Absolute Closure: This closure prohibits all use of forested areas within a designated area.  All forms of travel and all recreational activities are prohibited during an absolute closure.

Wildfire Information
For information on ongoing large wildfires on multiple jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the national Incident Information System website at www.inciweb.org/state/38/ or to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/.  Information on ongoing incidents throughout the country or for each state is also available through the Inciweb system website at www.inciweb.org.
 
During fire season, the Oregon Department of Forestry provides Daily Fire Updates on fires 10 acres or larger on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, and that information is posted to the Oregon Department of Forestry website at www.oregon.gov/odf .
 
More information and links about wildfires and fire prevention can also be found on the Protection From Fire Program section of the department's website at www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml


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