Present warming and drying weather
conditions have prompted fire officials in Klamath and Lake Counties to declare
fire season beginning Friday, June 8th, 2018 at 1201 A.M. on lands protected by the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of
Forestry. This affects all private, county, and state forest lands, as well as
those Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands west of the Gerber Reservoir Area
in Klamath County.
visual “green-up” of live vegetation, cooler temperatures and cloudiness with
periods of rainy weather this late spring have masked the dry conditions in the
wildland fuels,” stated Randall Baley, Protection Unit Forester Oregon Department
of Forestry. “The current warm and dry weather with even warmer temperatures
forecasted going into mid June will dry out the fuels rapidly to warrant
starting fire season at this time.”
The “Fire Season in effect” declaration puts into
place regulations restricting debris burning and timber harvest
operations.Wildland and structural fire protection agencies in Klamath County have
agreed to prohibit all outdoor debris burning.Forest operations that require
a Permit to Operate Power Driven Machinery now are required to have fire tools,
on-site water supply, and watchman service on privately
owned forest land.Declaring “Fire
Season” also prohibits the release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding
targets, and the discharge of tracer ammunition during this period.
In addition to the “Declaration of Fire
Season”, ODF and the Klamath Resource Area (BLM) will be placing the Klamath
River Canyon area from the Keno Dam, downstream to the Oregon/California border
in a “Regulated Closure”.Under this Regulated Closure it is unlawful to be in violation of the
following requirements and restrictions:
·Possession of the following
firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways,
county roads and driveways: one axe, one shovel, and one gallon of water or 2 ½
pound or larger fire extinguisher.
·Smoking is prohibited while
traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.
·Open fires are prohibited,
including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking and warming fires. Portable
cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
·Chain saw use is prohibited,
between the hours of 1:00pm and 8:00pm.
·Use of fireworks is prohibited.
The Klamath River Canyon has been placed
under this Regulated Closure due to its lower elevation, drier fuels, and steep
terrain. The Klamath-Lake District website [http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/field/kl/aboutklamathlake.aspx]
is available to assist in keeping people informed of current and changing
conditions for our area.