July 30, 2017

Klamath-Lake district goes to extreme fire danger

From the Oregon Department of Forestry, 
Submitted graphic / Oregon Department of Forestry
Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry Goes to Extreme Fire Danger

Klamath Falls, OR - Beginning Friday, July 28, 2017, at 12:01 AM, all private, county, and state wildlands protected by the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry [ODF], including BLM lands west of HWY. 97 as well as those Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands west of the Gerber Reservoir Area in Klamath County, will be raising the Fire Danger Level to EXTREME.

With the progression of summer conditions and continued drying of forest fuels, local fire danger levels have reached “EXTREME”. Fires starting in these conditions have the potential for rapid fire spread and major damage.

Additional Fire Prevention Requirements have been placed on industrial forest operations. High Speed Rotary saws and Tracked Felling/Skidding equipment are required to shut down between the hours of 1 PM and 8 PM. High Speed Rotary saws are also REQUIRED to have an “operation area observer” visually inspecting the area worked in and also additional fire equipment. These are in addition to the normal requirements listed in “A Guide to Legal Requirements for Prevention and Controlling Fires in Operations On and Near Forest Land in Oregon.”

These additional restrictions, along with Public Regulated Use Restrictions that were put in effect by fire officials on July 10 th , will dramatically reduce the chance of an accidental fire start.

Under the Public Regulated Use Closure:
- Smoking in wildland areas is permitted only in enclosed vehicles on roads.
- Camping, cooking or warming fires will be prohibited, except in the following
designated locations:
* KLAMATH COUNTY: Topsy Campground (BLM), Surveyor Campground
(BLM), Collier State Park, Kimball State Park, Hagelstein Park (county) and
posted sites in the Klamath River Canyon.
* LAKE COUNTY: Gooselake State Park.
Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are permitted at all other locations.
- Off road driving and motorized vehicles on un-improved roads is prohibited.
- Use of fireworks is prohibited. "Fireworks" means any combustible or explosive device or any other article which was prepared for the purpose of providing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, including firecrackers, fountains, skyrockets, snakes and sparklers.
- Possession of a full size axe, shovel and a 2 ½ lb. fire extinguisher or filled gallon water container is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on state and county roads.
- Debris Burning which was banned June 5th, in Klamath and Lake Counties when Klamath-Lake District of the Oregon Department of Forestry declared fire season remains in effect.

In addition, the following activities will be prohibited between the hours of 1:00 to
8:00 PM:
- Non-Industrial Chain saw use.
- Cutting, grinding and welding of metal on forested lands.

The “Fire Season in effect” declaration on June 5th put into place regulations restricting debris burning and timber harvest operations. Wildland and structural fire protection agencies in Klamath County have agreed to prohibit all outdoor debris burning. Forest operations that require a Permit to Operate Power Driven Machinery now are required to have fire tools, on-site water supply, and watchman service on privately owned forest land. Declaring the “Fire Season” also prohibits the release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding targets or the discharge of tracer ammunition during this period.

The Bureau of Land Management, Lakeview District and the Fremont - Winema National
Forest will also be going into EXTREME Fire Danger Level. For IFPL and Public Use
Restrictions on these lands please call: Fremont – Winema National Forests and Lakeview
District BLM - contact 541-883- 6715 or 541-947- 2151.

Southwest Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties. Contact 541-684- 3328 for current SWO information.

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