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Beginning September 1st, Industrial Restrictions Enacted For Some Oregon Forestlands


Beginning Friday, the Umpqua National Forest -and lands under the Douglas Forest Protective Association- will be at Industrial Fire Precaution Level IV.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

A Level IV status restricts heavy industrial operations in vulnerable wilderness areas, given the extreme fire danger.  Cheryl Caplan of the Umpqua National Forest lists off actions and equipment that are banned as long as the Level IV status is in effect.

“Tractors that might be out there, or people who are welding, blasting…using some logging equipment like skidders, feller-bunchers…chainsaws is one that comes to mind, because sometimes people have commercial firewood permits with national forests," says Caplan.  

"And so we’re saying, ‘Nope, you can’t be collecting firewood at this point, because conditions are very dry.” 

Caplan says the restrictions will be in place until steady, measurable rainfall cools down the region…usually in mid-October.  

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As for public use restrictions, Caplan says campfires are only allowed in fire rings or fireplaces in designated campsites…not out in the wilderness.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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