KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Fire Season restrictions officially begin in Klamath and Lake counties on June 1, the Oregon Department of Forestry announced on Wednesday.
Fire Season began on May 1 in Jackson and Josephine counties, an earlier start than the region has seen in decades, due to ongoing drought conditions.
Klamath County was the first in southern Oregon to enter a state of drought emergency this year.
“We’ve hit that time of year when temperatures will start to dry out vegetation quickly and all fires have the potential to cause significant damage. We need to curtail burning and make sure the public is aware of the dangers so we can minimize that potential from human-caused fires,” stated Dennis Lee, District Forester for ODF.
The fire season declaration means a start for regulations on debris burning and timber harvesting. Wildland and structural fire protection agencies in Klamath County have agreed to prohibit all outdoor debris burning.
Forest operations that require a Permit to Operate Power Driven Machinery now are required to have fire tools, on-site water supply, and watchman service on privately owned forestland. Fire season also prohibits the release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding targets or the discharge of tracer ammunition during this period.
The restrictions go into effect just after midnight on Monday, June 1, on all lands protected by the ODF Klamath-Lake District and Walker Range Fire Patrol Association — including private, county, and state forest lands.