South Central Oregon
Fire Management Partnership

SCOFMP & LIFC

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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). Facebook

Mission Statement

The 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.

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Recorded Message of Fire Restrictions for Camping, Woodcutting, etc. (541) 947-6259

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News

Cougar Peak Fire emergency closure reduced 10-13-2021

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, 11:06:47 AM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - LAKEVIEW, Ore. - The emergency closure for the Cougar Peak Fire will be reduced to the fire perimeter effective Wednesday, October 13. The fire area is approximately 15 miles northwest of Lakeview.

The closure affects National Forest System lands within the Cougar Peak Fire perimeter on the Lakeview and Paisley Ranger Districts of the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

The closure area is generally from Cougar Peak and the recreation sites west of Cottonwood Reservoir extending northeast towards Cox Pass and Moss Pass Trailheads and Moss Meadow Campground to the Forest Boundary. A map of the closure area is included in the closure order posted at www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema.

Several recreation sites remain closed within the area, including the Fremont National Recreation Trail and Oregon Timber Trails within the closure area; Cottonwood Creek and Moss Pass Trailheads; and Moss Meadow Campground.

The closure order is formally referenced as 06-02-21-11. It is in effect until conditions allow or December 31, 2021, whichever occurs first. There will be public notifications when the closure order is lifted.

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.

For more information on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema, follow the Forest on Twitter @FremontWinemaNF or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/R6FWNF.

Changes to fire danger and local regulations Monday in South Central Oregon

Monday, October 11th, 2021, 12:10:24 PM PDT
Klamath Falls, Oregon - KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Cooler temperatures, increased humidity and a handful of autumn storms are providing enough relief to allow further reduction in restrictions and fire danger in South Central Oregon.

Effective tomorrow, Monday, October 11, the agencies of the South-Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) will be lowering the Fire Danger from "High" to "Moderate". Despite this change, fuels remain dry, and caution is needed to prevent wildfires.

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Klamath-Lake District Regulated Use Closure (RUC), which regulates things like the use of campfires, chainsaws and other activities that could start a wildfire, are being lifted tomorrow, Monday, October 11.

While the RUC is being lifted, Fire Season is still in effect and regulations are in place restricting debris burning and timber harvest operations. All outdoor debris burning is still prohibited.

Forest operations on State and private lands that require a Permit to Operate Power Driven Machinery are required to have fire tools, onsite water supply, and watchman service. The release of sky lanterns, discharge of exploding targets or the discharge of tracer ammunition is also prohibited while Fire Season is in effect.

"The recent light moisture and cooler temperatures we received last week going into this week is assisting us but not near enough to put us out of declared fire season," said Randall Baley, ODF Protection Unit Forester in Klamath Falls. "As hunting season and other fall outdoor activities arrive, please be fire safe and careful at all times."

Public Use Restrictions, on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Sheldon-Hart Mountain and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complexes and most of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District were lifted on October 1.

Public Use Restrictions remain in place on BLM lands in the Klamath River Canyon.

The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is lowering Monday, October 11 from Level II to Level I. This means fire precaution requirements are still in effect, including a 1-hour fire watch following work that could spark a wildfire. Under IFPL I, chainsaw use is permitted any time of day on federal lands, including the Fremont-Winema National Forest and Lakeview District BLM.

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.

Area residents and visitors are also reminded that the Emergency Fire Closure Orders for the Bootleg and Cougar Peak Fires are still in effect on the Fremont-Winema National Forest. Both orders are available at www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema.

"The SCOFMP agencies are still seeing wildfires this fall, including a small lightning fire Friday on the Lakeview Ranger District," said Interagency Deputy Fire Management Officer Coley Neider. "While we are still prepared for these fires, fuels are still very dry and can carry fire. We need the continued efforts of the public to prevent wildfires this fall."

Area residents and visitors can help prevent wildfires by doing the following:

- Make sure campfires are never left unattended and are dead out and cold to the touch before leaving. Use plenty of water to drown the fire.

- If you are using a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grasses and other fine fuels. Prevent stoves from tipping and starting a fire.

- Ensure chainsaws and other equipment, including generators, are maintained and have an approved spark arrester in good condition.

- Make sure off-road vehicles have a properly functioning catalytic converter or approved spark arrester.

- Never park a vehicle over dead grass and avoid driving through tall grass - your vehicle can ignite the fuels and start a fire.

- If towing a boat or trailer, ensure safety chains are properly secured and not dragging.

Suspected wildfires should be reported to 911 as soon as possible. Visit https://scofmp.org for more information on restrictions and IFPL.

Fire danger, IFPL lowering, some fire restrictions lifting Friday in South Central Oregon

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021, 10:47:14 AM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - LAKEVIEW, Ore. - Shorter days, cooler temperatures and increasing humidity recovery are making it possible for the agencies of the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) to lift Public Use Restrictions in many areas, reduce the fire danger and lower the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) this Friday.

Public Use Restrictions will be lifted on the Fremont-Winema National Forest and the Sheldon-Hart Mountain and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complexes. Restrictions will also be lifted on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District with the exception of the Klamath River Canyon. Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Regulated Use Closures remain in effect.

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. The latest restrictions and regulations, including for ODF and the federal agencies, are available at https://scofmp.org/restrictions.shtml.

The Fire Danger is being lowered from "Extreme" to "High". While days are getting shorter and humidity levels are increasing, fuels are still dry and caution should still be used to prevent wildfires.

The IFPL is being reduced from Level III to Level II (Partial Hootowl) on federal lands. Under IFPL II, 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 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.

"We know the public is eager to get back to normal fall activities, like woodcutting and hunting camps," said Interagency Deputy Fire Management Officer Coley Neider. "Conditions are improving enough to allow chainsaw use and campfires, but the forest and desert are still dry. We are asking everyone to be careful to not start a wildfire."

If you have a campfire or are using a portable stove:

- Use metal fire rings or grills where available. Wood placed on a fire should never exceed the size of the grill or fire ring.

- If building a fire on the ground (in areas where permitted), select a location away from adjoining or overhanging flammable material, and ensure the ground beneath and around the fire is clear of all flammable materials.

- On windy days avoid building fires if possible.

- If you have a campfire, make sure it is fully extinguished before leaving the area. Douse fires with water and dirt, then stir with a shovel until it is completely cold to the touch.

- If you are using a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grasses and other fine fuels. Prevent stoves from tipping and starting a fire.

For those working, recreating or traveling through area wildlands:

- Never throw cigarettes out the window of a vehicle. Instead, use ashtrays to prevent wildfires

- Practice Leave No Trace principles - pack out cigarette butts and burned materials.

- Ensure chainsaws and other equipment, including generators, are maintained and have an approved spark arrester in good condition.

- Make sure off-road vehicles have a properly functioning catalytic converter or approved spark arrester

- Never park a vehicle over dead grass and avoid driving through tall grass - your vehicle can ignite the fuels and start a fire.

- Ensure tires are properly inflated - tire rims on roads can throw sparks and start fires.

- If towing a boat or trailer, ensure safety chains are properly secured and not dragging.

- Discharging fireworks or use of incendiary ammunition or exploding targets is illegal.

"Fire season is continuing in Klamath and Lake counties and while the risk is reduced, current conditions can still carry wildfire quickly," said Randall Baley, ODF Protection Unit Forester in Klamath Falls. "There is a need to remain vigilant over the coming weeks while conditions continue to gradually improve on public and private wildlands."

Suspected wildfires should be reported to 911 as soon as possible.

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