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Fire Season Begins June 8th on DFPA Protected Land


The Douglas Forest Protective Association announced that the 2018 fire season will officially begin Friday, June 8th at 12:01 a.m. on all private, county, state, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs lands protected by DFPA.  The declaration of fire season imposes certain fire restrictions on both the general public and industrial operators to help prevent wildfires.

With the declaration of fire season, the use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition are prohibited within the Douglas District.  In addition, the use of Sky Lanterns are prohibited year-round in Oregon.

The start of fire season also means the end of unregulated outside debris burning for rural Douglas County residents.  Due to poor burning conditions which have come earlier this year than normal, burn permits for debris piles and burn barrels will not be issued.  Those wishing to burn yard debris before Friday are encouraged to exercise caution and are reminded to never leave the burn unattended.  In addition, fire officials recommend checking any debris piles that were burned earlier this spring.  If not properly extinguished, burn piles have the potential of smoldering for weeks, or even months, before popping back to life on a warm, windy day.

Fire season also means the start of industrial fire regulations.  On Friday, the entire Douglas District will go into Industrial Fire Precaution Level I (one.)  During IFPL I, smoking is prohibited while working on, or traveling through, an industrial operation.  In addition, specified fire tools and suppression equipment must be on site and ready for use at all operations.  A fire watch service is also required once work has completed for the day.

As fire season progresses, additional public and industrial fire restrictions may be imposed as fire conditions become more severe. 

For more information about public or industrial fire restrictions on lands protected by DFPA, call DFPAs Closure Information Line at 672-0379, or visit www.dfpa.net.  An interactive map with state wide fire restrictions can also be viewed online at https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/firerestrictions/PFR.html




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