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Umpqua National Forest increases Industrial Fire Precaution

Due to increased fire danger levels, the Umpqua National Forest will enter Industrial Fire Precaution Level III effective 12:01 a.m., Thursday, August 6., 2020.

Posted: Aug 4, 2020 10:25 AM

ROSEBURG, OR – Aug 4, 2019 – Due to increased fire danger levels, the Umpqua National Forest will enter Industrial Fire Precaution Level III effective 12:01 a.m., Thursday, August 6., 2020.

Under IFPL III, also called partial shutdown, industrial operators are prohibited from performing the following:

  • Fire Wood Cutting – All firewood cutting on the Umpqua National Forest is prohibited.
  • Cable Yarding – except that gravity operated logging systems with non-motorized carriages may operate between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above ground except the line between the carriage and the chokers;
  • Power Saws – except at loading sites and at tractor skidder operations between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.

In addition, the following are permitted only between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.:

  • Tractor, skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders, or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fire line 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 other spark emitting operations not specifically mentioned.

The current IFPL 3 “Partial Shutdown” does not allow any wood cutting either for commercial or personal use. For timber operators operating at landings chainsaw use is allowed only from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m.

The Umpqua National Forest remains at a HIGH fire danger rating and is in Level 1 Public Use Restrictions.

For more information about the Umpqua National Forest call the Forest at (541) 957-3200 or www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua.

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