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So. Cascade District steps up fire safety restrictions
Contact: Lena Tucker, 541-726-3588, ltucker@odf.state.or.us 
 
The Oregon Department of Forestry’s South Cascade District, located in Linn County and the eastern portion of Lane County, will step up fire safety restrictions in the forest, on Aug. 12, 2011, due to the increasing wildfire hazard.
 
“While the early part of fire season has been quiet, the warmer weather has started to cure the tall grasses and other fuels that can cause fires to spread quickly,” said Lena Tucker, South Cascade District Forester.
 
The heightened restrictions, known as a “regulated-use closure,” affect non-industrial activities in the forest, including the following:
  • Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and on sand or gravel bars that lie between water and high water marks that are free of vegetation.
  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations.  Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
  • Chainsaw use is prohibited in areas subject to Industrial Fire Precaution Level III  and IV.
  • Chainsaw use is prohibited, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., in areas subject to Industrial Fire Precaution Level 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 operational eight-ounce 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 or for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • All motor vehicles must be equipped with one gallon of water or one operational 2-½ pound or larger fire extinguisher, one ax, and one shovel, except when traveling on state and county roads.  All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one operational 2-½ pound or larger fire extinguisher, except when traveling on state and county roads."
  • 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. 
  • Use of exploding targets is prohibited.
  • Mowing of dried and cured grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • Blasting is prohibited, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Blasting is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present.