JOHN DAY - Due to the fire danger in the John Day Valley, the Oregon Department of Forestry is strongly urging hosts for hunters arriving soon to employ extreme caution.
The Oregon Department of Forestry has been in regulated closure since July 15. The regulated closure affects private land within the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon Forest Protection District. Those who have questions about whether land falls within the district can consult maps which are on file at the John Day office of ODF.
The following restrictions apply:
Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and on sand or gravel bars which lay between water and high water marks which are free of vegetation.
Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations.
Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
Chain saw use is prohibited, between the hours of 1-8 p.m.
Chain saw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following fire fighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one ax, one shovel, and one operational 8-ounce or larger fire extinguisher.
In addition, a fire watch is required for at least one hour following the use of each saw.
Use of motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads or for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state and county roads: one ax, one shovel, and one gallon of water or one operational two-and-one-half pound or larger fire extinguisher.
Use of fireworks also is prohibited.
Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited, between the hours of 1-8 p.m.
Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present.
The state forester or an authorized representative must approve any waiver of these requirements in writing.
A "Forest Closure Information" Web page has been compiled in cooperation with the Oregon Forest Industries Council. See www.odf.state.or.us on the Internet for details. In order to contact OFIC, write to 1201 Court St. N.E., Suite 300, Salem, OR 97301, or P.O. Box 12826, Salem, OR 97309.
Information may also be obtained by calling (503) 371-2942, fax at (503) 371-6223 or e-mail to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.