JOHN DAY, OR- On Friday, August 10 at 12:01 a.m., the North Zone of the Malheur National Forest, which includes the Prairie City and Blue Mountain Ranger District, will move to Industrial Fire Precaution Level 3 (IFPL3), known as partial shutdown. The Burns Interagency Fire Zone, which includes the Emigrant Ranger District, is currently at a level 3.
Effective in 2012, personal use firewood cutting within the boundaries of the Malheur National Forest is administered under IFPL, the same system as commercial operations. Under IFPL 3, personal use firewood cutting is permitted between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.
IFPL 3 prohibits the following except as indicated:
· cable yarding - except for gravity operated logging systems employing non-motorized carriages operating between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground except the line between the carriage and the chokers;
· power saws - except power saws used at loading sites and on tractor/skidder operations between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time. (Loading site is defined as a place where any product or material [including, but not limited to logs, firewood, slash, soil, rock, poles, etc.] is placed in or upon a truck or other vehicle).
In addition, the following are permitted to operate only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time:
· tractor, skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders, or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fireline are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start are permitted;
· mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material; blasting;
welding or cutting of metal;
· any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned.
Continuous hot, dry temperatures and the increased risk of wildfire have prompted Forest officials to raise the fire danger to EXTREME on Malheur National Forest-administered lands. A regulated fire closure is in effect for all BLM-administered lands within the Burns Interagency Fire Zone.
Public Use Restrictions are not in effect at this time on the Malheur National Forest; campfires are allowed. With the Extreme Fire Danger please remember to make sure that before leaving the area your campfire is dead out and cold to the touch. Please use caution when outdoors and recreating on public land this time of year.
For more information on the IFPL and personal firewood cutting, visit www.fs.usda.gov/malheur or call 541-575-3000.