Forest operations face new fire restrictions


The Oregon Department of Forestry declared fire season on the West Oregon District on June 17, 2019. This declaration primarily affects forest operations, such as logging sites, by requiring firefighting equipment on site and the use of precautionary measures against fire. The public use restrictions, called “regulated use,” extends restrictions and preventative measures to the public on all private and public lands, excluding United States Forest Service lands, but including the Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Lincoln, Benton, Polk and Southern Yamhill counties. If you live on, travel through or recreate on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands, these restrictions apply to you. 

For more information contact your local Department of Forestry office.The intent of the public use restrictions is to limit some of the potential ignition sources of wild fires. Human activities continue to be the top cause of wild fires across the West Oregon District.

It is the responsibility of the individual to know what the daily fire danger level is and how it effects regulated activities. 

For more information on the fire prevention and fire season restrictions visit: https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FirePrevention.aspx

For further information on the public use restrictions, please do not hesitate to contact the Oregon Department of Forestry during normal business hours.

Benton County:   Philomath Office – (541) 929-3266

Lincoln County:  Toledo Office – (541) 336-2273

— Oregon Dept. of Forestry

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