ODF begins public fire restrictions July 2 for western Lane County and parts of northern Douglas County

Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/01/18

VENETA, Ore. – With conditions becoming drier and warmer, the Oregon Department of Forestry has declared that fire restrictions for members of the public will go into effect on Monday, July 2.  While industrial operators have had some restrictions imposed on them since June 21, the public has remained unrestricted until now. 
As of July 2, the district will be at moderate fire danger (blue). At this level the public is 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. 
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.
“For the rest of fire season, we encourage you to be safe and use your best judgment in all activities conducted in and around dry grass and brush,” said Public Information Officer Dave Kjosness with ODF’s Western Lane District. 
For updates on fire season and the fire danger levels in the Western Lane District, the public may call the district’s Veneta office at 541-935-2222 or check the district’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ODFWesternLane/.

Preventing wildfires like 2017's Hemlock Fire shown here is why restrictions on some activities that could spark a wildfire go into effect July 2 in western Lane and parts of northern Douglas County.