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
Current Conditions Make Wildfire Prevention Critical Heading into Holiday Weekend
Thursday, July 1st, 2021, 1:23:09 PM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - Following a severely hot and dry week, the raising of Fire Danger to Extreme and an early start to Public Use Restrictions for the agencies of the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP), it is critical that area residents and visitors take actions to prevent wildfires.
"Human-caused wildfires are entirely preventable," said Randall Baley, Protection Unit Forester for Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). "With the current conditions, it is extremely important that people are vigilant with anything that can spark a wildfire, call 911 as soon as a wildfire starts, and have the recommended items on hand for initial firefighting, including at least a gallon of water or a 2 1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher, a shovel and an axe."
The current fuel conditions in the SCOFMP area in Klamath and Lake counties are closer to August than early July, with extremely dry fuels that can carry wildfire rapidly.
The July 4 holiday weekend is popular for outdoor recreation, including camping, barbecues and family celebrations. While there are fireworks being sold locally, fireworks are not allowed on federal lands and are currently not allowed on ODF protected private, county and state wildlands.
"Fuel conditions right now are so dry that even sparklers or poppers could ignite a large wildfire," said Baley. "If you choose to use fireworks this July 4, please restrict it to areas where it is permitted and take appropriate safety measures. For those living in the wildland urban interface, on forested lands, or who are recreating on public lands, these are not places for firework use, especially this year."
Fireworks can cause costly and dangerous wildfires, especially when conditions are hot and dry, and vegetation is receptive to sparks. Fires caused by fireworks on public lands may result in the user being cited and billed for the cost of fire suppression.
Summer holiday weekends, including the Fourth of July, typically see an increase in abandoned campfires on public lands.
"Public Use Restrictions are currently in effect on public lands, which means campfires are restricted to designated areas as identified in the individual orders for each agency," said Interagency Fire Management Officer Jeb Koons. "If you are in an area that allows campfires, never leave it unattended and make sure that it is dead out and cold to the touch before leaving."
The public is responsible for ensuring that they have reviewed and are aware of the restrictions in place for the landscape they plan to recreate or work on. For all agencies, violation of these prohibitions could result in citations, fines, and even imprisonment, depending on the agency and order.
For more information on the ODF Public Regulated Use Closure, please visit https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/pages/restrictions.aspx. For more information on the federal agency Public Use Restrictions and Fire Prevention Orders, please visit https://scofmp.org/restrictions.shtml.
To help prevent wildfires, it's advised to do the following:
- Before going camping, check fire restrictions in place and never leave a campfire unattended. Build campfires in cleared open areas and keep water and a shovel nearby. Make sure campfires are out and cool to the touch before leaving the area.
- Consider alternatives to a campfire, such as a portable camp stove.
- If using charcoal, make sure to drown and stir them, repeating until they are cold to the touch.
- Smoking should only be in a closed vehicle or fire-safe area and always dispose of cigarette debris in some type of an ashtray. Check local Use Regulations for specific rules.
- Avoid driving and parking in tall grass or on roads with heavy, fine fuel accumulations. Exhaust particles, hot exhaust pipes and hot catalytic converters can start grass fires in a matter of seconds. Also, maintain proper tire pressure - driving on exposed wheel rims can throw sparks.
- Secure chains properly from trailers or other equipment. Sparks from dragging chains, and exhaust from ATVs and motorcycles, can start grass fires. Spark arresters are required on all recreational and portable gasoline-powered equipment.
- Carry firefighting equipment in vehicles, including a shovel, at least one gallon of water or one 2 ˝ pound or larger fire extinguisher.
"We have already seen a number of large fires this season, with several in Klamath County requiring evacuations since late March," said Baley. "Helping to prevent wildfires by being safe, responsible and staying vigilant will avoid the need for evacuations of residences, recreation facilities and campgrounds, and let everyone - including our area wildland firefighters - have an enjoyable holiday weekend."
An additional challenge for SCOFMP agencies in Klamath and Lake counties this week is lightning in the forecast and recent Red Flag Warnings for dry conditions and abundant lightning on dry fuels.
"The SCOFMP agencies have exceptional wildland firefighters prepared to respond to fires from the incoming lightning," said Koons. "That preparedness is improved by reducing the human-caused fires they need to respond to."
Fire managers appreciate the assistance and cooperation from area residents and visitors to prevent wildfires through the holiday weekend and as the summer continues.
"We’ve already seen an active start to fire season and fuels conditions continuing to be six weeks or more ahead of the average," said Koons. "Our area residents and visitors are important partners in helping us prevent large and destructive wildfires throughout this summer. We want everyone to have a safe, healthy and happy Fourth of July holiday and that starts with preventing wildfires!"
Fire Danger increase and Regulated Use Closure begins Friday in South Central Oregon
Friday, June 11th, 2021, 12:01:00 AM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - Fire Danger is being raised to "High" this Friday morning for all federal, state, county and private lands in Klamath and Lake counties protected by the agencies of the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership, and some fire restrictions are going in place. The public is encouraged to be aware of the current regulations before working or recreating on wildlands in Klamath and Lake Counties.
The Fire Danger includes all private, county and state wildlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Klamath-Lake District. It also applies to the Fremont-Winema National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District, and the Sheldon-Hart Mountain and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complexes.
Early season summer-like hot, dry weather, depleted snowpack and rapid drying of forest fuels have resulted in fire danger levels reaching "High". Fires starting in these conditions have potential for rapid fire spread and major damage.
Additionally, the ODF Klamath-Lake District will begin Public Regulated Use Closure starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday. Fire officials are putting these restrictions into effect to dramatically reduce the chance of an accidental fire start.
Under the Public Regulated Use Closure, the following activities are prohibited on all private, county and state wildlands:
-Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.
-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.
-Chainsaw use is prohibited between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chainsaw use is allowed at all other hours if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel and one 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher. A fire watch also is required at least one hour following the use of each saw.-Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads and except for vehicle use by a landowner and employees of the landowner conducting activities associated with their livelihood. Landowners and their employees conducting activities associated with their livelihood shall carry a shovel and 2 1/2 pound fire extinguisher when operating ATVs off improved roads.
-Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2 1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher, except for all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles, which must be equipped with an approved spark arrestor in good working condition.
-Use of all fireworks is prohibited.
-Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is prohibited. For landowners and employees of the landowner on their own land while conducting activities associated with their livelihood, cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is prohibited between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. At all other times, the area is to be cleared of flammable vegetation, and the following firefighting equipment is required: one axe, one shovel and one 2 1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher in good working order.
Also, the May 15 "Fire Season in Effect" declaration restricted debris burning and timber harvest operations.
In Klamath County, wildland and structural fire protection agencies have agreed to prohibit all outdoor debris burning through the fire season.
Forest operations that require a permit to operate power-driven machinery are required to have fire tools, on-site water supply and watchman service on privately owned forest land.
The release of sky lanterns is prohibited during any time of the year. The discharge of exploding targets and the discharge of tracer ammunition is not permitted during the duration of the fire season. For more information on restrictions please visit: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/pages/restrictions.aspx
The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is being raised to a Level II on federal lands. Under IFPL II, the following may operate only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.:
-Power saws expect at loading sites
Welding or cutting of metals
Personal and commercial woodcutters are reminded of their responsibility to stay informed of current IFPLs and all restrictions that apply to activities conducted on public lands. Failure to comply with precautionary fire requirements may result in the issuance of a Violation Notice.
On the BLM Lakeview District, Public Use Restrictions in the Klamath River Canyon remain in place. They went into effect May 15 for BLM managed lands within a half mile of the Klamath River from the Keno Dam downstream to the Oregon/California border. The full order can be found at www.scofmp.org/files/BLM-PUR.pdf.
This year has seen an early start to wildfire season in South Central Oregon and conditions continue to dry out as summer approaches. The public is asked to use extreme caution with anything that can potentially spark a wildfire. Equipment should be checked to ensure spark arresters are in working order.
Anyone going out into wildlands should be prepared with water, a shovel, fire extinguisher and axe. Campfires should never be left unattended and should be dead out and cold to the touch before leaving. If you suspect a wildfire, please report it to 911.
2021 FIRE SEASON GOES INTO EFFECT IN KLAMATH AND LAKE COUNTIES
Thursday, May 13th, 2021, 8:21:13 AM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - Fire officials in Klamath and Lake Counties will officially declare fire season beginning Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 12:01 A.M. on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Klamath-Lake District and Walker Range Fire Patrol Association. This affects all private, county, and state forestlands.
"Where we are at with fuel conditions, lack of spring rains, extreme and exceptional drought, and continuous fire activity in Klamath County, Lake County, and around the state, Klamath-Lake District will be declaring fire season on Saturday, May 15th at 12:01 AM" stated Randall Baley, Protection Unit Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry. "The total package of conditions all adds up to make the public aware of the situation and minimize the potential for human-caused fires."
The "Fire Season in effect" declaration puts into place regulations restricting debris burning and timber harvest operations. Wildland and structural fire protection agencies in Klamath and Lake Counties have agreed to prohibit all outdoor debris burning. Forest operations that require a Permit to Operate Power Driven Machinery now are required to have fire tools, on-site water supply, and watchman service on privately owned forestland. Declaring "Fire Season" also activates the adjective class (fire danger) measures and South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership will begin at MODERATE level and IFPL (Industrial Fire Precaution Level) at a level I.
The Lakeview Interagency Fire Center website: https://scofmp.org/ is available to assist in keeping people informed of current and changing conditions for our area. Walker Range Fire Patrol Association can be contacted at 541-433-2451.
Additional information on BLM and/or USFS you can call Bureau of Land Management, Lakeview District and the Fremont-Winema National Forest.
Check the "Fire Restrictions" Link on this SCOFMP Website.
Specific fire locations and other information can be found on the LIFC Incidents Information Report