SCOFMP & LIFC
The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership is an interagency fire management program that provides comprehensive wildland fire service to south central Oregon and northwest Nevada.
The partnership strives to achieve a more efficient, effective and integrated interagency fire management program for all participating agencies on the land administered and protected by each agency. Dispatching is performed by the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center (LIFC).
Mission StatementThe mission for Lakeview Interagency Fire Center (LIFC) is to provide high quality service to all of our partner agencies in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible while providing for firefighter safety at all times. All actions will be consistent with land and resource management objectives and current incident management direction.
Recorded Message of Fire Restrictions for Camping, Woodcutting, etc. (541) 947-6259
Fire Area Emergency Closures
Watson Creek Fire Closure Reduced. Additional Recreation Sites Reopened
Friday, September 14th, 2018, 10:13:04 AM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - Last night the Watson Creek Fire emergency closure area on the Paisley Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest was modified, shrinking closer to the fire perimeter and allowing several popular recreation sites to reopen in time for the weekend.
The majority of the roads making up the new closure order boundary are open, with the exception of Forest Roads 28 and 3380 in the northwest corner and Forest Road 33-012 on the eastern side of the closure area. All roads within the closure order boundary are closed, including Forest Road 28 from the intersection with Forest Road 29, south to the intersection with Forest Road 3411 just north of Ingram Guard Station. The area inside the closure is still extremely dangerous and unsafe with active fire burning trees and falling snags. While the fire is contained, full control will not be possible until winter snows start.
Public choosing to recreate in this part of the Paisley Ranger District are advised to be aware of continued traffic by wildland firefighters, as well as other large equipment operating in the area. Popular recreation areas, including Deadhorse and Campbell Lake Campgrounds are once again open. Withers Lake, Hanan/Sycan Campground and Trailhead, Bald Butte Lookout, and the Bear Creek and Hanan/Coffeepot Trailheads are among the areas that remain closed. It should be noted that the closure applies to National Forest Systems lands. Private property within the area can still be accessed by the landowners.
The closure is formally referenced as Order Number 06-02-03-18-02-04 and will be lifted when conditions allow or December 1, 2018, whichever occurs first. Violations of the closure order are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of not more than 6 months or both.
Even though temperatures are dropping and humidity levels are going up, it is still fire season. Forest visitors are asked to be careful with anything that can throw a spark or ignite a fire in the forest. For those who choose to have a campfire while enjoying the forest, please make sure the fire is dead out, with water stirred in and no heat remaining. Abandoned campfires can linger and embers can ignite wildfires.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FREMONT-WINEMA NATIONAL FOREST, VISIT: www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema . Follow the Forest on Tiwtter @FremontWinemaNF or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/R6FWNF
Most Public Use Restrictions Lifted This Morning
Thursday, September 13th, 2018, 8:54:16 AM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - SCOFMP is lifting Public Use Restrictions this morning. Restrictions remain in effect for Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Lifting restrictions means campfires on most SCOFMP public land (includes Fremont-Winema National Forest and BLM Lakeview) are no longer restricted to designated campgrounds. The public is asked to be aware of current restrictions on neighboring federal lands, especially shared areas such as Sky Lakes Wilderness Area.
Additionally, SCOFMP managers are dropping the Adjective Class to "High" fire danger and reducing the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) to II for Fremont-Winema National Forest, Lakeview District BLM, and Klamath-Lake District Oregon Department of Forestry lands. Level II IFPL means the following operations are permitted between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time: ** Power saws except at loading sites. ** Cable yarding. ** Blasting. ** Welding or cutting of metal.
The public is reminded that it is still fire season, even though restrictions are starting to lift. Conditions continue to be extremely dry until there is significant precipitation. PLEASE be vigilant and use caution when recreating on public and private lands. If you have a campfire, please make sure it is completely out and cold to the touch before leaving.
Specific fire locations and other information can be found on the LIFC Incidents Information Report