SCOFMP & LIFC
The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership is an interagency fire management program that provides comprehensive wildland fire service to south central Oregon and northwest Nevada.
The partnership strives to achieve a more efficient, effective and integrated interagency fire management program for all participating agencies on the land administered and protected by each agency. Dispatching is performed by the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center (LIFC).
Mission StatementThe mission for Lakeview Interagency Fire Center (LIFC) is to provide high quality service to all of our partner agencies in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible while providing for firefighter safety at all times. All actions will be consistent with land and resource management objectives and current incident management direction.
Recorded Message of Fire Restrictions for Camping, Woodcutting, etc. (541) 947-6259
Fire Area Emergency Closures
Fire Managers Increase Fire Danger Level and IFPL
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020, 12:00:00 PM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - Beginning Friday, July 24, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District, Fremont-Winema National Forest, Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and all private, county, and state wildlands protected by the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will be raising the Fire Danger Level to EXTREME.
With the progression of summer conditions and continued drying of forest fuels, local fire danger levels have reached "EXTREME". Fires starting in these conditions have the potential for rapid fire spread and major damage.
Additional fire prevention requirements have been placed on industrial forest operations. High speed rotary saws and tracked felling/skidding equipment are required to shut down between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. High speed rotary saws are also REQUIRED to have an "operation area observer" visually inspecting the area worked in and also additional fire equipment. These are in addition to the normal requirements listed in "A Guide to Legal Requirements for Prevention and Controlling Fires in Operations On and Near Forest Land in Oregon."
These additional restrictions, along with Public Regulated Use Restrictions that were put in effect by fire officials on July 10, will dramatically reduce the chance of an accidental fire start.
The "Fire season in effect" declaration on June 1 put 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. The release of sky lanterns is prohibited during any time of the year. The discharge of exploding targets and the discharge of tracer ammunition are not permitted during the duration of the fire season.
For more information on restrictions please visit: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/pages/restrictions.aspx
Industrial Fire Precaution Level III (IFPL) will be implemented on public lands administered by the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District, and Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Under IFPL III, personal and commercial woodcutters are prohibited from operating power saws.
Personal and commercial woodcutters are reminded of their responsibility to stay informed of current IFPLs and all restrictions that apply to activities conducted on public lands. Failure to comply with precautionary fire requirements may result in the issuance of a Violation Notice.
Public Use Restrictions apply to lands managed by the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Lakeview District, and U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The following restrictions apply:
Building, maintaining, attending, or using campfires or stove fires are allowed only in designated campgrounds/areas. Specific site information may be obtained by contacting your local Forest Service, BLM, or USFWS offices.
Portable cooking stoves utilizing liquefied or bottled fuel sources continue to be allowed on all public lands managed by the Fremont-Winema National Forest, BLM's Lakeview District, and USFWS Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Smoking is only allowed in an enclosed vehicle, building, developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is void of all flammable material, including vegetation.
A motorized vehicle (this includes all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, cars, pickups, etc.) may only be operated on roads where vegetation does not come into contact with the vehicle's undercarriage.
Motorized vehicles parked off roadways must be in an area barren of flammable material, including vegetation.
Internal combustion engines (generators, etc.) not previously addressed may only be operated within designated campgrounds/areas.
Power saw operations are prohibited.
No welding equipment may be used, including acetylene or open flame torches.
All motorized vehicles must carry the following equipment: One shovel not less than 26 inches in overall length, with a blade not less than eight inches wide. One water container of at least one gallon in size filled or a 2.5 pound fully charged fire extinguisher. One axe or pulaski with a handle at least 26 inches in length and a head weight of not less than two pounds.
Spark arresting devices must be properly installed and maintained on all internal combustion engines.
For more information on restrictions please visit: https://www.scofmp.org/
SCOFMP increases Fire Danger Level to High and IFPL to II
Thursday, July 9th, 2020, 12:00:00 PM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - Continued hot and dry weather has prompted fire managers on public lands in south central Oregon to raise the fire danger level to HIGH and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) to II, beginning Friday, July 10, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.
High Fire Danger means: All fine dead fuels ignite readily, and fires start easily from any cause. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly, and short-distance spotting is common. High-intensity burning may develop on slopes, or in concentrations of fine fuel. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are hit hard and fast while small.
IFPL II means the following may operate only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time (no operation between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.): Power saws except at loading sites, cable yarding, lasting, and welding or cutting metal.
Remember that on public lands, abandoned campfires are the number one source of human-caused wildfires. Most of these campfires stay small and are easy for firefighters to put out, but it only takes one to threaten lives, destroy property, and change a beautiful area forever.
Whether accidental or intentional, people start wildfires every year in south central Oregon. These wildfires cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to suppress and endanger lives and our natural resources. Let us all do our part to protect these places we live by being diligent with our ignitions and leaving all fireworks at home.
For more information and current fire restrictions, visit www.scofmp.org/
2020 Fire Season Goes Into Effect in Klamath and Lake Counties
Wednesday, May 27th, 2020, 12:00:00 PM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - Fire officials in Klamath and Lake Counties will officially declare fire season beginning Monday, June 1, 2020 at 12:01 A.M. on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Klamath-Lake District and Walker Range Fire Patrol Association. This affects all private, county, and state forestlands.
"We've hit that time of year when temperatures will start to dry out vegetation quickly and all fires have the potential to cause significant damage. We need to curtail burning and make sure the public is aware of the dangers so we can minimize that potential from human-caused fires," stated Dennis Lee, District Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry.
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 forestland. Declaring "Fire Season" also prohibits the release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding targets or the discharge of tracer ammunition during this period.
The Lakeview Interagency Fire Center website: https://scofmp.org/ is available to assist in keeping people informed of current and changing conditions for our area. Walker Range Fire Patrol Association can be contacted at 541-433-2451.
Additional information on BLM and/or USFS you can call Bureau of Land Management, Lakeview District and the Fremont-Winema National Forest.
Specific fire locations and other information can be found on the LIFC Incidents Information Report