Fire Danger Decreases Across South Central Oregon

Contact(s): Erica Hupp (541) 883-6715; Lisa Swinney (541) 947-6261

Lakeview, Ore.– The fire danger level in south central Oregon has been dropped from extreme to moderate due to recent moisture and predicted cooler temperatures. Effective immediately, the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Lakeview District and Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex have rescinded public use restrictions and Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is now at an IFPL I.

The only Lakeview District BLM-managed lands exempt are those within the Klamath Falls Resource Area that are west of the Langell Valley. This area is under the fire protection of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

ODF Klamath-Lake District is also terminating Regulated Use Closures on all ODF protected lands. Information regarding restriction that apply to ODF protected lands may be obtained by calling (541) 883-5681 or visiting the following Web site: level.shtml

Under IFPL I, the following fire precautionary requirements are placed on power saw operations:

  • All power saw exhaust systems must be in good repair and include a screen-type spark arrester of 0.023 inches or less.
  • All power saw operators must be in possession of the following equipment:
    • A long-handled, round point shovel with a blade not less than eight inches wide; and
    • A pressurized chemical fire extinguisher of not less than eight ounces capacity by weight.
  • Before refueling a power saw, the refueling spot must be clear of all flammable material, including vegetation. The chainsaw must be restarted only after the operator has moved away from the refueling area.
  • All power saw operators must stay in the cutting area for one hour after the chainsaw is shut off to watch for fire starts.

Personal and commercial woodcutters are reminded of their responsibility to stay informed of current IFPLs and all restrictions that apply to activities conducted on public lands. Failure to comply with fire precautionary requirements may result in the issuance of a Violation Notice.

Even though public use restrictions are no longer in place, it is always a good idea to practice the following fire safety tips:

  • Do not leave campfires unattended.
  • Clear vegetation and dry debris down to bare soil within 10 feet around your campfire.
  • Be sure to completely put out campfires, leaving the site cold to the touch.
  • Make sure lighting and heating devices are cool before refueling.
  • Ensure cigarettes, cigars and tobacco pipes are fully extinguished when not in use.
  • Use caution when operating vehicles in close proximity to vegetation.
  • Spark arresting devices must be properly installed and maintained on all internal combustion engines.

Information on the IFPL or current restrictions may be obtained by calling the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center at 541-947-6259 or visiting its Web site at:

For breaking news during the South Central Oregon’s fire season, please visit:

For more information about how you can prevent wildfires, contact your local BLM, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Park Service or ODF office.