The Forest will go into Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) 2 on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Restrictions on firewood cutting, timber operations, and other industrial operations performed on National Forest System Land will be required to follow IFPL 2 requirements. For detailed information about IFPL regulations please visit our Fire Information Page.
Under IFPL 2 the following is required:
- Chainsaw use is prohibited between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one operational 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required at least one hour following the use of each saw.
- Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is prohibited between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. At all other times the area is to be cleared of flammable vegetation and the following fire equipment is required: one axe, one shovel, and one operational 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher in good working order.
- Blasting is prohibited.
The public is reminded that a one hour fire watch is required after shut down of power saws and other equipment within the affected area. All power saws, other gas powered equipment and motor cycles / OHV’s are also required to have an approved spark arrestor installed while operating on the national forest.
Fire danger is considered high throughout the Mt. Hood National Forest. As the summer season progresses with continuing warm dry weather, the public is encouraged to be careful with camp fires. Anyone tending a campfire is required to have a shovel and plenty of water on hand. Before leaving a campfire unattended, the fire should be drowned with water, stirred, and be cold to the touch.
For more information, please visit: Fire Information Page.