Very hot, dry, and unstable conditions are in the forecast by mid-week, coupled with already dry fuels has prompted an IFPL change.
Effective 1:00 am, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, West Oregon District will be going to an IFPL level 3 in WO-1 and an IFPL 2 in SL-1.
The current fire indices and predicted weather (high temperatures and low humidity) are driving the need to increase to an Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2 in WO-1, beginning Thursday, June 25th at 1:00 am. We are tracking about a month ahead of “normal” in both fire danger and low fuel moistures.
Under Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2 the following activities are not permitted between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except as noted:
1. Power saws, except power saws may operate at loading sites.
2. Cable yarding
4. Welding or cutting of metal
The West Oregon District is placing public use restrictions on all lands protected by ODF in Benton, Lincoln, and Polk Counties beginning Monday, June 22nd.
Â· Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.
Â· Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
Â· Chain saw use is prohibited.
Â· Use of motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads.
Â· Use of fireworks is prohibited.
Â· Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.
Â· Mowing of dried and cured grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
Â· Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one operational 2Â½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.
Get ready for some running! Our friends over at Mudslinger Events are putting on the Mary’s Peak 50K / 25K Trail Running Race this Saturday, June 20th on our Tum Tum Tree Farm. Racers, welcome to Starker Forests! The race will be on USFS lands and Starker Forests, starting at the Marys Peak Trailhead on Woods Creek and ending at the Blodgett Elementary School. The 50K heads up and over Marys Peak and back to Blodgett, while the 25K stays on the northern slopes of Marys Peak. It looks like the weather will be perfect for the summer solstice event!