LA GRANDE:  Restrictions lowered, slightly

LA GRANDE: Restrictions lowered, slightly

Oregon Department of Forestry fire managers in Northeast Oregon has lowered Public Use Restrictions (officially referred to as Regulated Use Closure), in response to the recent precipitation and cooler temperatures. Although restrictions are being lowered slightly, fire danger remains Moderate to High and fire restrictions are still in place. With lightning-caused fires less likely during fall months, human-caused fires become the primary concern for firefighters. Landowners and the public are asked to continue to exercise caution until the end of fire season has been declared.
As of September 14th at 12:01 a.m., Public Use Restrictions still in effect include the following:
• 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.
• Debris burning is prohibited, except in a burn barrel for which a valid Burning Permit has been issued.
• Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, or at a cleared area free of flammable vegetation.
• Non-Industrial chainsaw use is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one ax, one shovel, and one 8 ounces or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required at least 1 hour following the use of each saw.
• Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present.