Wednesday Ramblings

Addendum:  the diligent website crew editor missed the error in this posts title.  “Ramplings” was supposed to be “Ramblings”.  Oh well, we try.

Your diligent website crew has a couple new things to check out.

In an effort to bring more photos into the website for your enjoyment, we’re experimenting with a photo page with links to albums of some of the things going on at Timber Valley.  It’s currently under the “about” tab in the main menu… just click on the “photos” menu item. There you’ll see mention of recent events. Click on the event you’re interested in and you’ll see photos from that event. Clicking on the first photo will make it appear larger. You can use your arrow keys to flip through the album.

There are additional lots up for trade in the next few days.  And don’t miss the weekly Timber Valley Log that’s published every Wednesday.

Bob Feiler led an intrepid group on a walk/hike on the Happy Hill Trail this afternoon. If you haven’t checked it out, please do so soon. Here’s a quick pic of the group:

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Intermittent Water System Outages Today, Monday July 16

Please be aware that we’ll have intermittent water system outages during the day today, Monday July 16. The Park Manager is working on system leaks and the water must be shut off to replace components in the system.

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Press Release about EXTREME Fire Danger Increase

DFPA News Release:

Fire Danger Increase: EXTREME effective immediately
IFPL III Effective 7-16-2018

The Douglas Forest Protective Association has increase the fire danger to “EXTREME” effective July 14th at 5:00 pm. The increase in fire danger affects all 1.6 million acres of private, county, state, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs lands within the Douglas District.

During extreme fire danger, the following activities under DFPA’s Public Use Restrictions are prohibited:

• The use power saws for non-industrial purposes is prohibited.
• The cutting, grinding or welding of metal for non-industrial purposes is prohibited.
• The cutting, mowing or trimming of dead or dry grass is prohibited. This restriction does not apply to the mowing of green lawns, which is not restricted.
• Any non-industrial improvement or development taking place on private property that utilizes power driven machinery not specifically mentioned in DFPA’s Public Use Restrictions is prohibited.

The following restrictions under DFPA’s Public Use Restrictions remain in effect and are unchanged:

• Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, or at other designated sites.
• Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated sites. In other locations, portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
• Debris burning, including the use of burn barrels, is prohibited.

• The use of fireworks are prohibited.
• Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are only allowed on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except for the culture and harvest of agricultural crops. In addition, each vehicle traveling on forest roads must have an axe, shovel, AND one gallon of water or one operational 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher. All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one operational 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.

• Any electric fence controller in use shall be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services and be operated in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

In addition to DFPA’s Public Use Restrictions, state laws prohibit the use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition during fire season and the use of sky lanterns are prohibited year-round in Oregon. Residents are reminded that additional fire restrictions or closures may be in place through private industrial landowners or public land management agency, on the lands they own or manage.

For more information about public fire restrictions on DFPA protected lands, visit or call DFPA’s 24 hour information line at 541-672-0379.


Industrial Fire Precaution Level 3 Takes Effect Monday

Industrial operators working on lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association will be required to follow stricter fire prevention regulations starting Monday, July 16, at 12:01 a.m. when Industrial Fire Precaution Level III (three) goes into effect throughout the entire Douglas District. IFPL III requires logging, road building and other industrial operations working in forests and wildland areas to shut down most equipment by 1:00 p.m. A three hour fire watch is also required once work has completed for the day. The increase in industrial fire restrictions are necessary to prevent wildfires, as fire conditions across the Douglas Districts continue to increase.

For more information about industrial fire restrictions on lands protected by DFPA, call DFPA’s 24 hour information line at 541-672-0379 or visit

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Fire Danger Now Extreme

Fire Danger Level has just been raised to Extreme.  Be VERY Cautious.

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Temperature is UP & the Voltage is DOWN

During the hot days of summer, when you’re inclined to run your air conditioners at full speed, remember that we need to share the power we have with our neighbors.  Timber Valley was built almost 30 years ago now, and back in those days most RV’s were made with just a single A/C unit.

These days, big RVs can have two, three, or even four A/C units. But we still have the same electric service we had 30 years ago. Our Park’s electric system simply can’t handle the full potential load.  Therefore, we have a rule that limits each lot to running just one (1) A/C at a time.

So, PLEASE, just one A/C at a time.  Thanks…

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Fire Awareness – Heads Up

It’s been dry. It’s getting hot. And the wind is blowing. Fire season is upon us.  Please check out the Fire Danger information at the top of the right-hand column on our website. Until the rains start falling later this year, I’ll keep this graphic up to date.

FYI… the Douglas Forest Protective Assoc. has moved the official fire danger to “HIGH”. We’re asking everyone in the park to refrain from any open flame outdoors… except enclosed barbecues and grills designed for cooking.

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Bark Mulch Bucket Brigade Event for Friday is Cancelled

For a couple of reasons… both Excessive HEAT and a busted tractor… the previously scheduled bark mulch work party for this Friday… the 13th of July, has been cancelled. (We are quite sure, however, that the Friday the 13th jinx is not to blame.)  We will re-schedule for some date in the future… so stay tuned.

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Safety Seminar — Learn how to use your Fire Extinguishers

There are thousands of RV fires each year. “An RV can burn completely to the ground in as little as six minutes,” according to RV expert and author Mark Polk.

During Annual Meeting week there is a safety seminar on  “Using Your Fire Extinguisher”
Thur., July 19, 2-4 p.m., in the Clubhouse

You probably have a fire extinguisher or two in your rig, but do you remember how to use them in time of need?

In this class, presented by the Sutherlin Fire Department, participants will be able to:

  • Identify an ‘unserviceable’ fire extinguisher that should be replaced.
  • Describe the types of fires upon which their fire extinguisher will be effective.
  • Explain PASS, the four steps to operate most fire extinguishers.
  • Use or watch others use a fire extinguisher to extinguish a fire such as a kitchen or engine fire.

Sign up for this safety seminar on the Fun Days Sign-up Sheets in the Big Room in the Clubhouse.


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CPR-AED workshop during Annual Meeting week

On Wed., July 18, 2 p.m., in the Clubhouse … Learn how you can save a life with CPR and AED (Automatic Electro Defibrillator).

Many of us at Timber Valley have heart conditions and may suffer from a ‘SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST.’

This informal class is being presented by the Sutherlin Fire Department, and will provide participants with two critical skills that can save lives.

When you know how to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) you can save a life. CPR does not require mouth to mouth contact and is easy to learn.

If you know how to use an AED or Automatic Electro Defibrillator you can also save a life. Using an AED is easy and cannot harm the victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Participants will be able to demonstrate their ability to perform both skills. Sign up for this workshop on the Fun Days Sign-up Sheets in the Big Room in the Clubhouse.

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Here it is… the Fun Days Schedule for our Annual Meeting Week

You can click this link to download and print the schedule…
2018 Annual Meeting_Fun Days Schedule

And, the Timber Valley Online Calendar has been updated with all the events for that week…
Timber Valley Online Calendar Link


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