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 www.dfpa.net 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