The Lane County Board of Commissioners has taken action on a unanimous vote to strongly urge all Lane County residents to comply with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Industrial Fire Precautions (IFP) Level 4. The same precautions have been adopted by fire districts across Lane County.
The IFP Level 4 restrictions are:
- 1. No open flames are allowed out of doors, including no campfires, warming fires, cooking fires, or ceremonial fires. Fires are prohibited at all campgrounds and other sites with developed fire pits. Gas powered barbeques are allowed, but are restricted to use on hard, non-flammable surfaces such as patios and driveways, or green irrigated lawns.
- 2. No power equipment such as mowers, chain saws, stump grinders, etc. may be operated on or near dry grass, brush, or trees at any time, EXCEPT that mowing of green, irrigated lawns is allowed.
- 3. No smoking outside of buildings or vehicles in any area with dry grass, brush, or trees.
- 4. No operation of welding or metal cutting equipment out of doors in any area with dry grass, brush, or trees.
- 5. All logging operations, including power saws, cable yarders, tractor/skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations are prohibited.
- 6. All construction operations involving dozers or graders are restricted to streets or roads, developed building sites, or other areas of non-flammable surfaces.
- 7. Any other spark-emitting operation not specifically mentioned is prohibited out of doors.
The current Oregon Department of Forestry updated precautions for districts around Oregon can be found online here
“We want to make sure everyone throughout Lane County is aware of the emergency orders being issued by our local fire chiefs. We need to do everything we can to prevent fire starts and I would hope that all citizens will support and comply with the IFP Level 4 restrictions,” said Linda Cook, Lane County Emergency Management Program Manager.
These restrictions will continue until the current high temperature and low humidity weather conditions end, and the ODF and other fire districts return to IFP Level 3.