Under IFPL III, all firewood cutting on the Umpqua National Forest is prohibited.
Under IFPL III, also called partial shutdown, industrial operators are prohibited from performing the following:
- Cable yarding – except that gravity operated logging systems with non-motorized carriages may operate between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above ground except the line between the carriage and the chokers;
- Power saws – except at loading sites and at tractor skidder operations between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.
- 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;
- Mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material;
- Welding or cutting of metal;
- Any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned.
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, or campfire, including a charcoal fire, except in campfire rings at developed campgrounds. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuel are permissible.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material.
- Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device.
- Using an explosive.
- Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine in violation of Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) Directives. The current IFPL 3 “Partial Shutdown” does not allow any wood cutting either for commercial or personal use. For timber operators, operating at landings, chainsaw use is allowed only from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m.
- Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.
- Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
- Possessing or using a motorized vehicle off National Forest System Roads, except when operating in compliance with the travel management rule and the Motor Vehicle Use Map.
For more information, including a list of the designated recreation sites where campfires are permitted, visit www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua or call 541-672-6601.