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New Fire Restrictions in Western Oregon Begin on Friday

Human activities continue to be the top cause of forest fires in Oregon.

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Mark your calendars now, because beginning on Friday the Oregon Department of Forestry is increasing restrictions on forest activities due to the rising fire danger in Western Oregon forest lands. Photo Courtesy: Oregonforests.com

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Mark your calendars now, because beginning on Friday the Oregon Department of Forestry is increasing restrictions on forest activities due to the rising fire danger in Western Oregon forest lands.

The "Regulated Use" closure is specifically geared to reduce the chance of wildfires starting from public activities in forested areas. The restrictions ban the following activities: Smoking in the forest except in closed vehicles; Campfires outside of designated campgrounds; All open fires; Use of motorized vehicles except on improved roads; Use of any fireworks and the use of chainsaws. Mowing of tall dead or cured grass is allowed, but only before 1:00 p.m. or after 8:00 p.m.

Fire season was declared on the West Oregon District on July 1. 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 "Regulated Use" closure extends restrictions and preventative measures to the public on all private and Bureau of Land Management forest lands in Benton, Lincoln, Polk and southern Yamhill counties.

As the summer has progressed, conditions in the forest have gotten warmer and drier, pushing the fire danger up. The intent of the Regulated Use closure is to limit some of the potential ignition sources of forest fires.

Human activities continue to be the top cause of forest fires.

For further information on the public use restrictions, please contact the Oregon Department of Forestry during normal business hours.

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

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

Polk County or Yamhill County: Dallas Office - (503) 934-8146

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