The Malheur National Forest is imposing fire restrictions for woodland workers, effective July 4.

The Industrial Fire Precaution Level for the Prairie City and Blue Mountain Ranger Districts goes to Level 2 at that time, announced Rob Batten, deputy fire management officer for the Malheur.

The Emigrant Creek Ranger District went to Level 2 on June 28.

Under IFPL2, certain activities are allowed only between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. These include: power saws, except at loading sites; cable yarding, blasting, and welding or cutting of metal.

"The change in the weather has increased the risk of wildfire and put us into a high fire danger," said Batten. "Therefore, we are asking visitors to be extremely cautious with anything that could start a firre.

"Historically, unattended campfires or campfires that have not been completely extinguished, have been our biggest human-caused reason for wildfires."

Campers and visitors to the forest are asked to make sure their campfires are put completely out and not left unattended, he said.

The Oregon State Forestry Department restricted campfires on state-protected lands July 2.

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