Effective at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the Douglas Forest Protective Association has implemented public use restrictions throughout all 1.6 million acres of DFPA protected private, county, state, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs lands.

The restrictions do not restrict public access to the forest but do prohibit specific activities.

  • Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except for vehicles on improved roads, boats on the water and other designated locations.
  • Open fires, including campfires or charcoal, cooking and warming fires, are prohibited except at designated sites. Portable cooking stoves with liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
  • Fireworks are forbidden.
  • Motor vehicles are only allowed on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except for those working with agricultural crops. Each vehicle on a forest road is required to have a shovel and one gallon of water or one two-and-a-half pound or larger fire extinguisher. Each all-terrain vehicle and motorcycle must have one two-and-a-half pound or larger fire extinguisher.
  • Using chainsaws or other equipment with internal combustion engines within areas with significant dead or downed slash or timber is prohibited. Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame is also banned. This restriction applied only to public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the Roseburg and Coos Bay Districts. These specific restrictions are in addition to DFPA restrictions
  • Electric fence controllers in use should be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services or listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

The use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition is prohibited during fire season and sky lanterns are prohibited year-round. A burn ban on all backyard debris burning remains in effect. Private industrial landowners or other public land agencies may have their own fire restrictions.

Below are the Douglas district's fire danger regulations for private lands

  • Using a non-industrial power saw; cutting grinding or welding metal; and cutting, trimming or mowing dried cured grass is allowed all day during low fire danger. During moderate fire danger, the activities are permitted before 1 p.m. or after 8 p.m., and during high fire danger they are permitted before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. These activities are prohibited during extreme fire danger.
  • Those using power saws must have a shovel and at least an 8-ounce capacity fire extinguisher and conduct a one-hour fire watch after use. The cutting, grinding and welding of metal is only allowed in a cleared, vegetation-free area with a charged hose or two-and-a-half pound fire extinguisher on hand.

Fire danger for all Douglas Forest Protective Association lands is currently set to moderate.

For more information, call DFPA’s 24 hour information line at 541-672-0379 or visit www.dfpa.net.

Erica Welch is a community reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ewelch@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4218.

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