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Fire danger declared high

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 24th, 2013

The Umpqua National Forest will be moving its fire danger from moderate to high as of 12 a.m. today, July 24. High fire danger indicates fires will start easily with and spread at a faster rate. With this change the Industrial Fire Precaution Level II will also remain in effect.

"The present hot and dry conditions are abnormal for this time of year and are slated to continue,” states Gina Owens Deputy Forest Supervisor. “We are moving from moderate to high to inform our public that there is a heightened level of fire danger in hopes they will stay informed and safe while recreating.“

Precaution level II, or "partial hoot-owl", The following may operate only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m:.

Power saws except at loading sites, cable yarding, blasting, welding or cutting of metal. The restrictions apply to all contractors and permit holders working on the Umpqua National Forest, including those with permits to cut personal-use firewood. While the industrial fire precaution level doesn’t apply to recreation users, visitors are encouraged to be cautious with fire while out in the woods.

As conditions changes we ask that the public to stay informed on current and predicted conditions in our community while enjoying the outdoors

For more information about the Umpqua National Forest call the Forest at

541-672-6601 or http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/umpqua.

For the complete article see the 07-31-2013 issue.

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