Industrial Fire Precaution Levels

The following industrial fire precaution class level requirements apply to commercial and non-commercial miscellaneous Forest products for Forest Service contractors and permittees on Forest Service Lands during closed fire season.

Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL)

  • IFPL applies to permitted, commercial, and industrial operations on federal lands.
  • Listed below are the Industrial Fire Precaution Levels, along with brief definitions of each.
  • Learn your Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL): 1 (800) 527-3305

Washington State Industrial Fire Precaution Updates and Zones

Daily Industrial Fire Precaution Update for all zones in Washington state.

There are four fire precaution levels that begin with Level One at the start of the “closed fire season” and can go as high as Level Four if conditions warrant. The fire precaution levels restrict certain operations as the fire danger increases. There are no precautions prior to the closed fire season. Each fire precaution level adds to the restrictions applicable to all lower levels.Industrial Fire Precaution Levels are stages of restrictions that apply to work activities, including personal firewood cutting, on Forest Service or BLM lands in order to reduce the risk of a wildfire starting from the operation.

It is the responsibility of the individual operating on public land to know the precaution level for the day and to take the correct fire precautions.

Waivers, written in advance, may be granted for any and all activities, including mechanized loading and hauling, road maintenance, cable yarding, use of power saws and equipment maintenance (other than metal cutting and welding).

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If you have further questions about the IFPL regulations, please call one of our local Forest Services offices.


Level One

Level I

Chainsaw use ok, fire precaution requirements are in effect. A Fire Watch/Security is required at this and all higher levels unless otherwise waived.

Level Two

Level II - Partial Hootowl

The following may operate only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time:

  • Power saws;
  • Cable yarding;
  • Blasting;
  • Welding or cutting of metal.
Level Three

Level III - Partial Shutdown

No firewood cutting for personal use with a chainsaw, power saw, or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine.

The following are prohibited except as indicated:

  • Cable yarding - except that gravity operated logging systems employing nonmotorized carriages may operate between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. 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 may be used at loading sites and on tractor/skidder operations between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time.

In addition, the following are permitted to operate 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;
  • Mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material; blasting;
  • Welding or cutting of metal;
  • Any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned.
Level Four
Level IV - General Shutdown

All operations are prohibited.

NOTE: Where hauling involves transit though more than one shutdown/regulated use area, the precaution level at the woods loading site shall govern the level of haul restriction unless otherwise prohibited by other than the industrial precaution level system.

The following definitions shall apply to these industrial fire precaution levels:

  • Loading sites: A place where any product or materials (including, but not limited to logs, firewood, slash, soil, rock, poles, etc.) is placed in or upon a truck or other vehicle.
  • Cable yarding system: A yarding system employing cables, and winches in a fixed position.
  • Low hazard area: Any area where the responsible agency representative (WDNR, ODF, USFS, BIA, BLM) determines the combination of the elements reduces the probability of a fire starting and/or spreading.
  • Closed season: (Fire precautionary period): that season of the year when a fire hazard exists as declared by (1) State Forester of Oregon, (2) Washington Department of Natural Resources, or (3) defined by the USDA Forest Service.
  • Tractor/Skidder operations: A harvesting operation, or portion of a harvesting operation, where tractors, skidders, or other harvesting equipment capable of constructing fireline, or actively yarding forest products and can quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start.

Waivers, written in advance, may be used for any and all activities. Activities for which waivers may be issued include, but are not limited to:

  • mechanized loading and hauling.
  • road maintenance such as sprinkling, graveling, grading, and paving.
  • cable yarding using gravity systems or suspended lines and blocks or other yarding systems where extra prevention measures will significantly reduce the risk of fire.
  • power saws at loading sites or in felling and bucking where extra prevention measures will significantly reduce the risk of fire.
  • maintenenace of equipment (other than metal cutting and welding) or improvements such as structures, fences and powerlines.