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Fire restrictions lowered for Douglas District

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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A combination of cooler temperatures, increased relative humidity readings and light precipitation has allowed the Douglas Forest Protective Association to lower fire restrictions throughout the Douglas District.

Effective September 7 at 12:01 a.m., DFPA moved to Industrial Fire Precaution Level 3 and a fire danger reading of “HIGH” on all DFPA protected lands.

During IFPL 3, logging, road building and other industrial operations working in wildland areas are restricted on the type of activities that they are allowed to perform and are required to shut down most equipment by 1 p.m.

A three hour fire watch is also required once work has completed for the day.

For the general public, a fire danger rating of high allows the following activities to occur before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.:

• The cutting, trimming or mowing of dead or dry grass.

• The use of non-industrial chainsaws.

• The cutting, grinding or welding of metal.

Backyard debris burning, including the use of burn barrels, remains prohibited. All other restrictions under DFPA’s Public Use Restrictions remain in effect and unchanged.

Cooler temperatures and the chance of wet thunderstorms are forecasted through Friday, before a warming and drying trend returns to the area early next week. Fire officials will be monitoring fire conditions and will adjust IFPL and fire danger ratings as needed.

For a complete list industrial or public use fire restrictions, visit www.dfpa.net or call DFPA’s 24 hour information line at (541) 672-0379.

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