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South Cascade District steps up fire safety restrictions
Contact: Ed Keith, 541-367-6108

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s South Cascade District, located in Linn County and the eastern portion of Lane County, stepped up fire safety restrictions in the forest today due to the rising wildfire hazard.
 
“Fire danger has greatly increased,” said Protection Unit Forester Ed Keith.
 
The heightened restrictions, known as a “regulated-use closure,” affect non-industrial activities in the forest, including the following:
  • Smoking is prohibited while traveling in the forest, except in closed vehicles.
  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in designated campgrounds.  Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
  • Chainsaw use is prohibited between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. in areas subject to Industrial Fire Precaution Levels I and II. Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one ax, one shovel, and one 8 oz. or larger fire extinguisher.  In addition, a fire watch is required at least one hour following the use of each saw.
  • Use of motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads.
  • Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways and county roads and driveways: one ax, one shovel, and one gallon of water or one 2-½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.
  • Use of fireworks is prohibited.
  • Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present. 
  • Mowing of dried and cured grass with power-driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
More information may be obtained by calling the South Cascade District office in Springfield, 541-726-3588.