Oregon Dept. of Forestry issued this news release today.
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PUBLIC FIRE RESTRICTIONS PLACED ON FOREST LANDS
Drying conditions forecasted in northwest forests have caused Oregon Department of Forestry officials in northwest Oregon to impose further public restrictions to those already in effect. The additional restrictions prohibit the non-industrial use of chainsaws and ban all campfires. Fire officials want to emphasize that before people go into the woods they must be prepared to take special precautions to prevent fires. The following restrictions apply to lands in Washington, Yamhill, Tillamook, Clatsop, Columbia, and parts of Multnomah County protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Effective at 1:00 P.M., Friday, June 19, 2015:
1. Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in closed vehicles on improved roads.
2. Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Use of wood burning devices, used in conjunction with temporary dwellings, including tents and trailers, is prohibited. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
3. Non-industrial use of chainsaws is prohibited, except as waived by the Forester.
4. Use of motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads and designated areas.
5. Possession of the following fire fighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state and county roads: one gallon of water or one operational 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher and one shovel.
6. Use of fireworks, exploding targets, tracer ammunition and sky lanterns are prohibited during fire season.
7. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.
The State Forester or an authorized representative must approve any waiver of these requirements in writing.
This proclamation shall remain in full force and effect until terminated by similar order of the forester.
“Fireworks” means any combustible or explosive device or any other article which was prepared for the purpose of providing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, including firecrackers, fountains, skyrockets, snakes, and sparklers.
“Improved Road” means a road maintained for the use of passenger cars and which is clear of flammable debris.
“Open Fire” means the outdoor burning of any matter in such a way that the combustion air is not effectively controlled and the products of combustion are emitted directly into the atmosphere without passing through a stack or chimney.
“Shovel” means a digging tool having a handle of not less than 26 inches in length and a blade of not less than 8 inches in width.
“Restrictions” means those requirements which must be complied with when on lands subject to this proclamation, unless waived by the forester. Such requirements do not apply to activities for which a permit has been issued in accordance with ORS 477.625.
These restrictions are in addition to fire season regulations already in effect on commercial logging operations. Cable yarding, power saws, hauling, and other spark emitting operations are restricted under what are known as Industrial Fire Precaution Levels. A current information recording on Industrial Fire Precaution Levels is available at 325-7215. Local fire season regulations for the public may be obtained by calling a public information recording at the Astoria District 325-7215.
FIRE SEASON STARTS IN NORTHWEST OREGON
Fire season will begin in Clatsop County on Tuesday, June 16th, at 1:00 am, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. Fire season is declared each year when conditions of fire hazard exist. This declaration affects all lands, both public and private, in Northwest Oregon and joins most other regions of Oregon already in fire season.
For all lands in Clatsop County, open debris burning will not be allowed after June 16th, 2015. Burn permits will be issued by either your local rural fire department or Oregon Department of Forestry at no cost.
Burn permits are obtained through the Oregon Department of Forestry, rural fire protection districts or the local city fire department, depending on your residential location. For rural residence, only metal barrels in good condition and heavy mesh screens, with holes no larger than ¼ inch are acceptable. A charged water supply and hand tools are also required.
Loggers and other commercial forest operators will need to meet watchman service, fire equipment, and other requirements specified in Oregon forest law.
The use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition is prohibited during fire season on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. (ORS 477.512)
For recorded information about fire season requirements, call 325-7215. To request a burning permit or obtain additional information, call 325-5451 during business hours.