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Forestlands see increased restrictions in wake of recent heat

 Posted: 12:05 PM July 08, 2014

Recent scorching temperatures and the increased abundance of dry fuels have prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry to increase restrictions for logging sites and other commercial operations in Jackson and Josephine counties.

The restrictions go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 14. Under the guidelines, the use of fire in any form is prohibited. They extend to 1.8 million acres of state, county, private and Bureau of Land Management lands.

Power saws are prohibited between 1 and 8 p.m., except at loading sites. The use of cable yarders, blasting, welding and metal cutting also will be prohibited between 1 and 8 p.m.

Commercial operators on forestlands will be required to have fire suppression equipment at the ready.

"It's a normal trend. We're ahead of schedule," said ODF spokesman Brian Ballou. "We normally wouldn't go into this level of industrial precaution until later in July or even early August."

Public restrictions on debris burning, campfires, power tools and smoking on ODF lands were instituted June 16 and remain in effect.

— Ryan Pfeil


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