New Fire Restrictions Take Effect This Week In Western Lane County

Jul 2, 2018

Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

With conditions becoming drier and warmer, the Oregon Department of Forestry has declared fire restrictions are now in effect for the West Lane District.  While industrial operators have had some restrictions imposed on them since June 21, the public has remained unrestricted until now.

As of Monday, July 2nd, the ODF district that encompasses Western Lane County and parts of Douglas County will be at moderate fire danger (blue). At this level the public is only allowed to use gas-powered equipment until 1 p.m. and then again after 8 p.m.  No gas-powered equipment may be used during the seven-hour shutdown period in the afternoon, with the exception of mowing well-irrigated green grass lawns. 

Also, the use of fireworks in rural portions of the district is prohibited and campfires are only allowed in incorporated campgrounds with built in, metal-ringed fire pits.

Fire managers expect the northwest to be particularly prone to fires this season.