The Douglas Forest Protective Association is urging hunters to learn the fire restrictions currently in place, before heading out into the woods for the opening of bow-hunting season, because of high fire danger.

Under DFPA’s restrictions, smoking is prohibited in wildland areas, except inside cars that are on roads or boats in the water.

Open fires are also prohibited, except in designated campgrounds.

The Umpqua National Forest currently has a ban on all campfires within its boundaries. However, portable cooking stoves are allowed.

DFPA also prohibits driving off-road or on trails, including with dirt bikes or all-terrain vehicles.

All vehicles must have a good working exhaust system and stay on improved roads that are free of flammable vegetation. In addition, each vehicle must be equipped with an axe, shovel, and a gallon of water or a 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher.

Other activities currently prohibited include the use of non-industrial power saws, fireworks, tracer ammunition, exploding targets and sky lanterns.

Industrial landowners and public land management agencies may have additional restrictions or closures on the property they own or manage. Hunters and other forest users are advised to check with the proper landowners or public land management agencies for the places they wish to hunt or recreate at, before heading to the woods.

Saphara Harrell can be reached at 541-957-4216 or sharrell@nrtoday.com. Or on Twitter

@daisysaphara.

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Saphara Harrell is the crime and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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