STATE OF OREGON

DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

 

REGULATED CLOSURE PROCLAMATION

 

Number 01

 

Effective 12:01 a.m. PDT, May 28, 2021

 

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 in regulated use areas DG-1, DG-2, UA-1, UA-2 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 vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and at other designated locations.

 

  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires, and warming fires, except at designated sites.  Charcoal and pellet BBQs are allowed at residential home sites that are fully developed, landscaped, and maintained when used in a cleared area that is free of flammable vegetation. A charged garden hose or one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher must be immediately available. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed elsewhere.

    • Designated Campgrounds:  ​

      • BLM designated sites: Susan Creek Campground, Tyee Campground, Scaredman Campground, Eagleview Campground and Cavitt Creek Campground.​

      • Douglas County Parks designated sites: Amacher Park, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Pass Creek Campground, Stanton Park, Chief Miwaleta Campground, and Whistler’s Bend Campground.​

      • Private Campgrounds: Seven Feathers RV Resort and Umpqua Riverfront RV Park & Boat Ramp, Umpqua’s Lase Resort.

 

  • The use of fireworks is prohibited.
     

  • Any electric fence controller in use shall be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services and be operated in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

The official fire danger for the Douglas District can be found online at www.dfpa.net or by calling DFPA’s

24-hour information line at (541) 672-0379 and applies to the following restrictions.

 

  • Off-road driving is allowed with landowner permission during low fire danger. During Moderate, High, or Extreme fire danger, motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles are only allowed on improved roads that are free of flammable vegetation, except for those used in the culture and harvest of agricultural crops. Each passenger vehicle traveling in wildland areas (excluding federal and state highways, county roads, and driveways) is required to have one shovel, one axe, and one gallon of water or one operational 2 ½ pound our larger fire extinguisher.  All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one operational 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.

 

  • The use of non-industrial power saws are allowed all day during LOW fire danger.  This activity is permitted before 1:00 PM or after 8:00 PM during MODERATE fire danger and before 10:00 AM or after 8:00 PM during HIGH fire danger. During Extreme fire danger, non-industrial power saw use is prohibited. Each power saw in use is required to have one shovel and one fire extinguisher of at least 8-ounce capacity. In addition, a fire watch is required for at least one hour following the use of each power saw.

 

  • The cutting, grinding, or welding of metal is allowed all day during LOW fire danger. This activity is permitted before 1:00 PM or after 8:00 PM during MODERATE fire danger and before 10:00 AM or after 8:00 PM during HIGH fire danger. During EXTREME fire danger, the cutting, grinding, or welding of metal is prohibited. These activities can only be conducted in a cleared area, free of flammable vegetation and a charged garden hose or one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher must be immediately available.

 

  • The cutting, trimming, or mowing of dried, cured grass is allowed all day during LOW fire danger.  This activity is permitted before 1:00 PM or after 8:00 PM during MODERATE fire danger and before 10:00 AM or after 8:00 PM during HIGH fire danger. During Extreme fire danger, the cutting, trimming, or mowing of dried, cured grass is prohibited.  The use of battery or electric powered string trimmers and the culture and harvest of agricultural crops are exempt from this requirement.

 

  • Any non-industrial improvement or development taking place on private property that utilizes power driven machinery may operate all day during LOW fire danger.  These activities are permitted before 1:00 PM or after 8:00 PM during MODERATE fire danger and before 10:00 AM or after 8 PM during HIGH fire danger.  During EXTREME fire danger, these activities are prohibited.  Each piece of power driven machinery working is required to have one shovel and one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.  In addition, a fire watch is required for at least one hour once the equipment has completed working for the day.

 

In addition to these restrictions, backyard debris burning and the use of exploding targets, tracer ammunitions and sky lanterns are prohibited during fire season. 

 

Additional restrictions or closures may be in place through industrial landowners or public land management agency on the lands they own or manage.

           

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.

 

Patrick Skrip, District Manager

Douglas Forest Protective Association

May 25, 2021