STATE OF OREGON

DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

 

REGULATED CLOSURE PROCLAMATION

 

Number 06

 

Effective 12:01 a.m., PDT, September 11, 2014

 

By virtue of the authority vested in me under the provisions of ORS 477.535 to 477.550, I hereby proclaim a Regulated Closure to be in effect in the following subject area:

 

All lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protection District, and all lands within one-eighth mile thereof.

 

Under this Regulated Closure, except as to the owner’s legal right of entry upon their land, entry to all forestland is unlawful unless entrants comply with the following restrictions:

 

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

 

·       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.  Open fires are allowed if conducted in compliance with a valid Burning Permit issued pursuant to ORS 477.515.

 

·       Chain saw use is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in areas subject to Industrial Fire Precaution Level I and II.  Chain saw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following fire fighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one operational 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher.  In addition, a fire watch is required at least one hour following the use of each saw.

 

·       Chain saw use is prohibited in areas subject to Industrial Fire Precaution Level III and IV.

 

·       Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads or for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

 

·       Possession of the following fire fighting equipment is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on federal and state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one operational 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.  All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one operational 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.

  

·       Use of fireworks is prohibited.

 

·       Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited. 

 

·       Mowing of dried and cured grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

 

·       Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and 2) Operated in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions.

         

The State Forester or an authorized representative may, in writing, approve a modification or waiver of these requirements.

 

These restrictions shall remain in effect until replaced, suspended, or terminated by an additional proclamation of the State Forester or an authorized representative.

 

Maps of the subject area may be viewed at the State Forester's Office, in Salem, Oregon, and at principal offices of the Forest Protection District.

 

Definitions of words and phrases used in this proclamation may be found in ORS 477.001, OAR 629-041-0005, and at:

http://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/closures/definitions.pdf

 

 

Tom Fields, Fire Prevention Coordinator

          ODF Fire Protection Program

September 9, 2014

 

 

 

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House Bill 3199

In 2013, Oregon passed House Bill 3199 which prohibits certain high risk fire activities when fire season is declared on an ODF district.  HB 3199 went into effect January 1st, 2014 and restricts the following under ORS 477.512:

477.512 Additional acts prohibited during fire season.

(1) As used in this section:

      (a) “Exploding target” means a device:

      (A) Designed for use or used as a target for small arms ammunition or for other projectiles;

      (B) Consisting of a flammable substance or flammable combination of substances; and

      (C) Capable of exploding when struck by small arms gunfire or by other projectiles.

      (b) “Sky lantern” means an unmanned self-contained luminary device that uses heated air produced by an open flame or produced by another source to become or remain airborne.

      (c) “Small arms” means a shotgun, rifle, pistol or revolver.

      (d) “Tracer ammunition” means a bullet that contains a flammable substance designed to ignite upon firing of the bullet and to burn with sufficient brightness to allow observation of the bullet trajectory.   

(2) A person violates this section if, during a fire season declared under ORS 477.505 for a forest protection district or a part of a forest protection district:

      (a) The person releases a sky lantern or discharges an exploding target or tracer ammunition on land that is inside the district or is within one-eighth of a mile of the district; or

      (b) A sky lantern released by the person or tracer ammunition discharged by the person crosses above land that is inside the district or is within one-eighth of a mile of the district.

(3) Violation of this section is a Class A violation. In addition to any enforcement officer specifically identified in ORS 153.005, the State Fire Marshal, the State Forestry Department or the State Forester may issue a citation for a violation under this section. [2013 c.223 §2]