Increased Fire Restrictions Begin

OREGON — Growing concern for wildfire safety has caused the Oregon Department of Forestry’s West Oregon District to implement increased fire restrictions. These heightened restrictions begin July 15 and affect Benton, Lincoln, Polk and southern Yamhill counties. Similar bans started on July 3 in Douglas County.

“The grasses and other fine fuels have cured, and our crews in the Dallas Unit have responded to quite a few mutual-aid runs on small grass fires recently,” said Assistant West Oregon District Forester Don Everingham.

These restrictions apply to non-industrial activities in the forest, including the following:

1. Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.

2. 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.

3. Chainsaw use is prohibited.

4. Use of motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads.

5. Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2 1/2 lb. or larger fire extinguisher.

6. Use of fireworks is prohibited.

7. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.

Fore more information on the “Regulated-Use Closure” you can call the Oregon Department of Forestry’s West Oregon District office at 541-929-3266.

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