Restrictions on activities such as chainsaw use, off-road vehicle use and mowing of dried grass has also been lifted. District Forester Mike Shaw stated, “With the weather forecast, and the current fuel conditions the risk of ignition from these types of activities has diminished.” The public is reminded to exercise caution when recreating and working in the woods.
Following these tips will help reduce the risk of an uncontrolled fire:
- Never leave a campfire unattended.
- Keep the campfire small and manageable.
- Have water and a shovel available.
- Clear the area around the campfire to mineral soil.
- Drown your campfire with water and stir until it is cold to touch to extinguish
- Report any uncontrolled fire to 9-1-1.
Additional information can be found on ODF’s Fire Prevention webpage: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FirePrevention.aspx
Uncontrolled fire, or burning without a permit can result in citations and fines, as well as liability for any costs associated with suppression of the fire. Consider alternatives to burning such as chipping, composting and debris removal programs through your local landfill.
Contact information for local ODF Offices can be found on the District’s webpage: www.ODFcentraloregon.com.