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
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
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
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.
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.