ODF announces power equipment closure starts Sept. 6

Continued dry weather has prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry to shut down all use of power-driven equipment in Jackson and Josephine counties starting at 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6. Logging and other industrial activities on ODF-protected lands will also see increased fire prevention restrictions taking effect tomorrow.

The public-use fire danger level will remain at “extreme” (red), but the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will increase to level 3 (three) at 1:00 a.m. Tuesday..

The following public regulation use restrictions become effective tomorrow on state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties:
•Chain saw use will be prohibited.
• Mowing of dry grass, except for agricultural purposes such as cutting hay, will be prohibited.
•Cutting, grinding or welding metal will be prohibited.

All previous restrictions remain in effect.

Under Industrial Fire Precaution Level III, the following restrictions will apply starting Sept. 6:

•Cable yarding will not be allowed. However, gravity operated-logging systems employing non-motorized carriages may not operate between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. These systems must have all blocks and moving lines suspended 10 feet above the ground, except the line between the carriage and the chokers.

•Power saw use will not be allowed. However, power saws may be used at loading sites and on tractor or skidder operations before 1:00 p.m. and after 8:00 p.m.

• In addition, the following equipment and operations must shut down between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.:

•Tractor/skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fireline are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start.
•Mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material.
• Blasting, Welding or cutting of metal
•Any spark-emitting not specifically mentioned above.

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season regulations, contact the unit office in your area: Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. Phone: (541) 664-3328 ot
Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Drive, Grants Pass. Phone: (541) 474-3152

Southwest Oregon District fire precaution level information is also posted on the World Wide Web at www.swofire.oregon.gov.


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