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Willamette National Forest moves to 'High' Fire Danger

Starting today, the Willamette National Forest will be changing the Fire Danger from ‘moderate’ to ‘high’. Due to the lack of recent moisture and temperatures increasing next week, the Willamette National Forest will be moving from an IFPL I to IFPL II as of Wednesday, July 5.

Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) II – The following may operate only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.:

* Power saws except at loading sites

* Feller-bunchers with rotary head saws

* Cable yarding

* Blasting

* Welding, cutting, or grinding of metal.

“We want the public to be extra prepared when visiting the forest and be mindful of the drier weather conditions,” said Eric Miller, Acting Fire Staff Officer for the Northwest Oregon Interagency Fire Management Organization. “There are no fireworks allowed on National Forest lands and would appreciate the public’s support to help us prevent human-caused fire starts.”

There are currently no public use restrictions in place for fire, but Forest Service officials urge everyone to exercise caution while recreating in the woods, especially if they have a campfire. A campfire should be contained in a pre-existing or robust fire ring with a shovel and water in reach. The campfire should be kept small and at least five feet away from any flammable material, including overhanging tree limbs. Never leave a campfire unattended and ensure any burning material is cold to the touch before leaving the area.

Please be aware of current restrictions before you head out and share current information with others who may be unaware of the restrictions. As fire restrictions change, information will be available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/willamette/fire. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @WillametteNF for the latest updates. To report a wildfire, please call 9-1-1.

 

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