Wednesday, June 5th, 2024, 12:15:13 PM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon -

With the upcoming warming trend this weekend and the current conditions, fire officials in Klamath and Lake counties for the South-Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership will officially declare fire season beginning Friday, Jun. 7, 2024, at 12:01 A.M. This declaration includes all private, county, and state wildlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Klamath-Lake District and Walker Range Forest Protection Association. It also applies to the Fremont-Winema National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management Lakeview District, the Sheldon-Hart Mountain and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complexes, and Crater Lake National Park.

The fire danger level will be MODERATE, and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will be I.

Moderate Fire Danger means:

Fires can start from most accidental causes, but the number of fire starts is generally low.
Fires in open cured grasslands will burn briskly and spread rapidly on windy days.
Timber fires spread slowly to moderately fast.

IFPL I: Closed Season - Fire precaution requirements are in effect. Unless otherwise waived, a Fire Watch is required at this and all higher levels.

Fire extinguisher and shovel must be with each chainsaw.
Fire extinguishers must be in all vehicles.
Chainsaws must have a .023-inch mesh screen installed in the exhaust.
Approved spark arrestors must be on all internal combustion engines.
Watch service must be provided for one hour after the shutdown of power equipment for the day unless otherwise specified.
No smoking is permitted while working or traveling through any operations area on public land except while in enclosed vehicles.
Permits to burn are required unless waived in advance.

For the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Fire Season in effect declaration puts regulations restricting debris burning and timber harvest operations into place. Wildland and structural fire protection agencies in Klamath County have agreed to prohibit all outdoor debris burning. Forest operations that require a Permit to Operate Power Driven Machinery must have fire tools, an on-site water supply, and a watch service on privately owned forest land. Declaring Fire Season also prohibits:

Smoking while working in or traveling through any operation area.
The use of fuse and caps for blasting unless the forester grants approval.
The discharge of an exploding target inside or within one-eighth mile of the district.
The discharge of tracer ammunition on land within the district or within one-eighth mile of the district, or when discharged, crosses above land within the district or within one-eighth mile of the district.

In conjunction with the declaration of the 2024 fire season, all lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management within half a mile of the Klamath River from the Keno Dam downstream to the Oregon/California border fall under this fire prevention order.

For more information and current fire restrictions, visit https://www.scofmp.org/


**Fire Season and Restrictions**