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DOUGLAS FOREST PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION

1758 NE Airport Road, Roseburg Oregon, 97470
Office : (541) 541-672-6507



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Fire Season Begins June 19th on DFPA Protected Land

 

The Douglas Forest Protective Association will officially go into fire season Monday, June 19th at 12:01 a.m. on all 1.6 million acres of private, county, state, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs lands that are protected by DFPA.

With the start of fire season, the use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition is prohibited on, or within one-eighth mile of DFPA protected land.

The start of fire season also means the end of unregulated outside debris burning for rural Douglas County residents.  DFPA will be issuing burn permits for handmade debris piles until July 1st, as fire conditions allow.  Burn permits from DFPA are free of charge but do require an onsite inspection from a Forest Officer prior to approval.  During the onsite inspection, Forest Officers will make sure that the debris pile is in a safe location, that an adequate water source and fire tools are at the burn site and that the pile is surrounded by a fire trail that is scraped down to mineral soil.  Burn permits will not be issued for burn barrels.  To schedule an onsite inspection for a burn permit, call DFPA at 541-672-6507.

The implementation of fire season also means the start of industrial fire regulations.  On Monday, 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, fire tools and suppression equipment must be on site and ready for use in operations.  A fire watch service is also required once work has completed for the day.

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

To date, 14 fires burning 65 acres have been suppressed on DFPA protected land, the largest of which was the 54 acre Honey Creek Fire, located 9 miles northeast of Glide.

 

 

SPRING CLEANING PROTECTS HOMES FROM WILDFIRES

April 28th, 2017

 

Fire officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association and local fire departments are urging homeowners to take time this spring to create defensible space around their homes to help reduce the risk of wildfire-related property damage.  Creating defensible space is a relatively simple, effective way to reduce a home’s wildfire risk, for little or no cost.

Defensible space is the area around a home or other structure where fuels and vegetation are treated, cleared or reduced to slow the spread of a wildfire.  By having adequate defensible space, the risk of a wildfire spreading from the surrounding vegetation to a nearby home is greatly reduced.

Homeowners can create defensible space by pruning nearby trees, removing underbrush, mowing tall grass, and by removing all dead or dying vegetation within 100 feet of a structure.  In addition, pine needles and leaves which have accumulated in gutters, on the roof and other places around the home, should also be removed.

Besides vegetation which could pose a fire hazard, residents should also look at other flammable materials that are stored around their home that could be used as fuel for a wildfire.  For example, firewood piles, gas cans, propane tanks, and lumber piles should all be stored at least 30 feet away from a home during fire season.  In addition, other common everyday items which are found around homes, and are made of plastic, rubber, wood, or other flammable material are potential fuel for a wildfire.

For more information about creating defensible space, contact the Douglas Forest Protective Association or your local fire department.

 

 
 
 

 

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