Coos Forest Protective Association
What is a Public Closure or A Public Use Restriction?
Once Fire Season goes into effect, the district places restrictions on
the public and the forest workers. We have two types of closures, the
Regulated Use Closure (general public) and Industrial Closures (Forest
Workers). Each of these closures have a different set of standards,
but coincide with each other.
A Public Closure called a Regulated Use Closure is a closure that regulates the general public population (not the forest workers, they have a separate closures).
This Regulated Use Closure (Public Closure) discloses what is and is not allowed in the forested areas of the district.
We set restrictions based on temperatures, humidity's, condition of the fuels in the forests, wind, amount of rainfall received, and predicted weather patterns. By applying learned principles we calculate fire conditions such as rate of spread, length of flames, how hot a fire will burn, etc. and put a closure in place using these factors.
With Public Closures the types of activities that are regulated are: Campfires, BBQ's, Mowing of Grass, Off Road Travel, Smoking, Fireworks (Private Use), Target Shooting, and Power Equipment Use - to name a few.
A Regulated Use Closure (Public Closure) can change based on conditions, so it is advised to check often.
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Effective 12:01 a.m., PDT, Thursday, July 21, 2016
By virtue of the authority vested in me under the provisions of ORS 477.535 to 477.550, I hereby proclaim a Regulated Closure to be in effect in the following subject area:
All lands protected by the Coos Forest Protection District, and all forestland within one-eighth mile thereof.
Under this Regulated Closure, except as to the owner’s legal right of entry upon their land, entry to all forestland is unlawful unless entrants comply with the following restrictions:
Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in
boats on the water, and other designated locations.
· Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at locations designated by the forester. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
· The use of power saws is prohibited during extreme fire danger. Power saw use is permitted before 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. during low, moderate and high fire danger. Each power saw is required to have one shovel and one fire extinguisher of at least 8 ounce capacity.
· Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited during extreme fire danger. This activity is permitted before 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. during low, moderate and high fire danger as long as it is conducted in a cleared area and has a charged garden hose or one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher immediately available.
· The mowing of dried, cured grass is prohibited during extreme fire danger. This activity is permitted before 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. during low, moderate and high fire danger. The culture and harvest of agricultural crops is exempt from this requirement.
· Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are only allowed on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except for the culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
· Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher. All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.
· Use of fireworks is prohibited.
· Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed be a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and 2) Operated in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions.
The State Forester or an authorized representative may, in writing, approve a modification or waiver of these requirements.
These restrictions shall remain in effect until replaced, suspended, or terminated by an additional proclamation of the State Forester or an authorized representative.
Maps of the subject area may be viewed at the State Forester's Office, in Salem, Oregon, and at principal offices of the Forest Protection District.
Definitions of words and phrases used in this proclamation may be found in ORS 477.001, OAR 629-041-0005.
Tom Fields, Fire Prevention Coordinator
ODF Fire Protection Program
July 18, 2016