What Does Each IFPL Mean?

  • Industrial Fire Precaution Levels

    IFPL Handout

    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 igniting. There are four Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL) 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 IFPL levels restrict certain operations as the fire danger increases. There are no precautions prior to the closed fire season. Each IFPL level adds to the restrictions applicable to all lower levels.

    It is the responsibility of the individual operating on public lands 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).

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

What Does Closed Fire Season Mean?

The Closed Fire Season means that fire season has been declared. Closed Fire Season depends on the drying of forest and rangeland fuels, rainfall and time of year.

During the Closed Fire Season, the following requirements must be met:

  • Fire tools must be on site.
  • Fire extinguisher and shovel must be with each chainsaw.
  • Fire extinguishers must be in all vehicles.
  • Chainsaws must have a .023-inch mesh screen installed in the exhaust.
  • Only modified saws are to be used.
  • Approved spark arresters must be on all internal combustion engines.
  • Watchmen service must be provided for 3 hours (commercial operations) or 1 hour (private/personal operations) after shutdown of power equipment for the day unless otherwise specified.
  • No smoking is permitted while working or traveling through any operations area on public land except while in a closed vehicles.
  • No use of explosives is permitted unless approved in advance.
  • Permits to burn are required unless waived in advance.

What is a Fire Watch?

When a Fire Watch is required, the Watchman must be:

  • Physically capable and experienced in operating any firefighting equipment on site.
  • Commercial Operations: On duty for 3 hours after the shutdown of the last power-driven equipment for the day unless otherwise specified.
  • Private Operations: On duty for 1 hour after the shutdown of the last power-driven saw for the day, unless otherwise specified.
  • Furnished with adequate facilities for transportation and communications in order to summon if needed.
  • Patrolling and visually inspecting all sites where work was done during the day.

Operators and Attacking a Fire Start

  • Oregon State Law requires that any operator on forest or range land take immediate action to control and extinguish a fire.
  • The contractor shall take this action and notify the BLM or Forest Service and the nearest State District Office immediately.