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Forestry Department lifts use restrictions for several areas of Oregon
October 2, 2008
Contact: Kevin Weeks, ODF Agency Affairs 503-945-7427
 
On news of extended rain in the forecast with increased humidity for many areas of western Oregon, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) on Thursday lifted public use restrictions for several forested areas of the Cascade Range from Gresham extending south to Springfield.
 
ODF’s North Cascade District announced the removal of public use restrictions in the following areas beginning at Noon on Friday October 3rd:
 
* The Bull Run Regulated Use Area
* Regulated Use Areas CM-1, LN-1, MH-2, MH-3 and WL-1
* A section of the Molalla River from Glen Avon Bridge upstream to the confluence of the Middle Fork, continuing upstream on both the Molalla River Middle Fork and 4 miles upstream on the main stem of the Molalla River.
 
The area covered by Thursday’s announcement includes, generally, eastern Multnomah County, the forested areas of Clackamas County to the county’s eastern boundary, the forested areas of Marion County to its eastern boundary and Linn County bordered on the county’s eastern and southern boundary. Specific zone maps are available on the ODF web site at: http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/precautionlevel.shtml
 
Regulated Use Area restrictions vary from zone to zone, but typically may include a ban on use of fireworks and restrict campfires to authorized locations. In addition, smoking, chainsaw use, off-road vehicle and all-terrain vehicle use, mowing of cured grass, and the grinding, cutting or welding of metal are typically restricted. ODF districts impose regulated-use closures as needed based on fire danger.
 
When an ODF district institutes a regulated-use closure, non-industrial activities in the forest are restricted. It does not prohibit people from entering the forest (with landowner consent on private forestland). Industrial forest operators are advised to check with the Oregon Department of Forestry on local conditions and restrictions imposed under the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) system.
 
Outdoor enthusiasts are advised to contact local fire districts to check if burning restrictions are imposed in their destination area.
 
ODF provides protection from fire on 15.8 million acres of Oregon’s forest land.
 
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