SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, 3:37:39 PM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - LAKEVIEW– Fire managers for the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management’s Lakeview District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Complex, and Crater Lake National Park will start fall prescribed burning. The work is part of an ongoing effort to reduce the potential of catastrophic wildfires and improve ecosystem health. Prescribed burns are a proactive tool used to achieve a number of purposes including: • Reduce hazardous fuels, such as forest vegetation. • Decrease the threat of high-intensity, high-severity wildfires. • Reduce the risk of insect and disease outbreaks. • Recycle nutrients that increase soil productivity. • Improve wildlife habitat. • Reduce fire danger to communities.
The Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service work in partnership with the Oregon Department of Forestry and adjacent landowners, to improve the health of public lands. Burns only occur on days when the Oregon Department of Forestry Smoke Management Office indicates suitable weather conditions for smoke dispersal exist. Actual ignition days for burns depend on appropriate humidity levels, temperature, fuel moistures, and wind speeds and direction.
Burn projects have been divided into smaller sections of land to regulate fire intensity. A test fire is lit that allows fire managers and resources to observe if burning conditions align with prescribed burn plans. At this very early stage, prescribed burning activity can be halted if any condition is out of prescription. If conditions are favorable, the burn proceeds. Local fire and law enforcement agencies are aware of these burning activities so fire managers request the public refrain from calling 9-1-1 if they see smoke in any areas planned for burning. For prescribed fire information, please call the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center (LIFC) at 541-947-6315 or visit its Web site at: http://www.scofmp.org/lifc.shtml
FIRE DANGER DECREASES IN SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON
Tuesday, September 15th, 2015, 00:01 AM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - LAKEVIEW—The South Central Oregon fire danger level has been dropped from extreme to high due to changing weather conditions. Effective immediately, the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Lakeview District BLM and Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex have rescinded Public Use Restrictions intended to prevent wildfires and lowered the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) to IFPL-II. The only Lakeview District BLM-managed lands exempt are those within the Klamath Falls Resource Area west of the Langell Valley, which is under Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire protection. A Regulated Use Closure for lands protected by the ODF Klamath-Lake District remains in place. Information regarding restrictions that apply to local ODF-protected lands can be obtained by calling (541) 883-5681 or visiting: http://go.usa.gov/3eB8R
Public Use Restrictions for the Sky Lakes and Mt. Thielsen Wilderness Areas remain in place. The Fremont-Winema National Forest manages these wilderness areas with the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Umpqua National Forests, respectively. Fire managers recommend the following fire safety tips even when Public Use Restrictions are not in place: · Do not leave campfires unattended. · Clear vegetation and debris to bare soil within 10 feet of campfires. · Completely extinguish campfires, leaving the site cold to the touch. · Ensure lighting and heating devices are cool before refueling. · Completely extinguish cigarettes, cigars and tobacco pipes. · Use caution when operating vehicles in close proximity to vegetation. · Ensure spark arresting devices are properly installed and maintained on all internal-combustion engines.
Under IFPL-II, the following fire precaution requirements are placed on power saw operations: · Power saws and welding equipment may not be operated between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. · All power saw exhaust systems must be in good repair and include a screen-type spark arrester of .023 inches or less. · All power saw operators must be in possession of a long-handled, round-point shovel with a blade not less than eight inches wide; and a pressurized chemical fire extinguisher with no less than eight ounces capacity by weight. · Before refueling a power saw, the refueling spot must be clear of all flammable material, including vegetation. The chainsaw must be restarted only after the operator has moved away from the refueling area. · All power saw operators must stay in the cutting area for one hour after the chainsaw is shut off to watch for fire starts. Personal and commercial woodcutters are reminded of their responsibility to stay informed of current IFPL restrictions. Failure to comply with fire precaution requirements can result in the issuance of violation notices. Information on current Public Use Restrictions or IFPL can be obtained by calling the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center at 541-947-6259 or visiting: http://www.scofmp.org/lifc.shtml
Public Use Restrictions for Fremont-Winema NF portions of Mount Thielsen and Sky Lakes Wilderness areas are rescinded
Thursday, September 17th, 2015, 11:19:36 AM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - Effective immediately; Public Use Restrictions (PUR) for the Fremont-Winema NF portions of Mount Thielsen and Sky Lakes Wilderness areas are rescinded. The Umpqua NF and Rogue-Siskiyou NF will shortly (likely tomorrow) follow as well with their respective portions of these Wilderness areas. The difference in timing is purely in obtaining required signatures. The attached Termination of Order rescinds PUR Order #1 for Mount Thielsen and Sky Lakes Wilderness areas.
For South Central Oregon: All PURs for federally protected lands have now been rescinded Adjective class is High IFPL is 2 Regulated Use Closure for ODF protected lands are still in place
Specific fire locations and other information can be found on the LIFC Daily Intelligence Report
- 6 Minutes for Safety
- Thirtymile Fire Final Report
- Ten Standard Fire Orders
- 18 Watchout Situations
- Fire Danger Rating Pocket Cards - What are they?
Weather, Climate and Smoke Management
- Local Energy Release Component Charts
- Local Weather Cams - from ODOT
- Oregon Fuel Moistures - Data from WIMS
- Days Since Significant Precipitation
- Fire Weather Forecasts
- Lakeview Air Quality Hotline - (541)947-5800
Policy, Plans and Agreements
- SCOFMP 2014 Daily Draw Down Guide - pdf
- South Central Oregon Task Force - pdf
- East Side Units Engine Task Force MOU - pdf
- Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (Definitions)
- Fire Danger Rating (Adjective Class Descriptions)
- Radio Management - call dispatch for frequencies.
Reports, Schedules and Calendars
- LIFC Daily Intelligence Report
- Current Prescribed Fire Situation
- Northwest 7-Day Significant Fire Potential (.pdf)
- Situation Reports
- National Interagency Fire Center - NIFC
- Northwest Interagency Coordination Center - NWCC
- Interagency Airspace Coordination
- ROSS Home Page
- ORCA Fire Management Team Home Page
- Other Dispatch Offices: