South Central Oregon
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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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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.

Industrial Fire Precaution Level lowers to III in South Central Oregon but Fire Danger still Extreme

Monday, September 20th, 2021, 2:18:32 PM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - LAKEVIEW, Ore. - South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) is moving to Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) III tomorrow.

Fire Danger remains "Extreme" and Public Use Restrictions and Regulated Use Closures are still in effect.

An IFLP Level III is a Partial Shutdown on federal lands, specifically Forest Service and BLM. Under IFPL III Partial Shutdown, the following are prohibited except as indicated:

- Cable yarding - Except that gravity operated logging systems employing nonmotorized carriages may operate between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. When all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground except the line between the carriage and the chokers.

- Power saws - except power saws may be used at loading sites and on tractor/skidder operations between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time.

In addition, the following are permitted to operate between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time:

- Tractor, skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders, or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fireline are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start;

- Mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material;

- Blasting;

- Welding or cutting of metal;

- Any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned.

Commercial woodcutters and other members of industry 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.

Despite recent rains, fuels are still extremely dry and can carry fire quickly. Fire restrictions are still in place on federal, state and private wildlands in Klamath and Lake counties. All open fires, campfires, and charcoal use are prohibited, restricting smoking to enclosed vehicles only, and prohibiting motor vehicle use except on designated roads and trails.

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.

Fire managers are asking area residents and visitors to remain vigilant and continue to help prevent new wildfire starts by following the latest restrictions.

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.

Public Use Restrictions and Fire Precaution Level increase Thursday in South Central Oregon

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021, 1:49:45 PM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - LAKEVIEW, Ore. - Public Use Restrictions (PURs) and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) are increasing this Thursday, July 29 on public lands in South Central Oregon as a result of ongoing hot, dry conditions this summer.

Several agencies are increasing PURs, including banning all open fires, campfires and charcoal use, restricting smoking to enclosed vehicles only, and prohibiting motor vehicle use except on designated roads and trails.

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.

Additionally, the IFPL is being raised to a Level IV - General Shutdown on federal lands. Under IFPL IV all operations are prohibited unless specifically permitted. There will be public notification when conditions allow for the IFPL to be lowered.

Fire Danger has been at the highest level - "Extreme" - since June 30 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 (SCOFMP).

Conditions have continued to deteriorate with hot, dry and windy conditions this summer. Things are not expected to improve as summer continues, despite brief periods of cooler weather and even some precipitation providing some relief in recent days.

"Human-caused wildfires are entirely preventable," said Interagency Fire Management Officer Jeb Koons. "We met the conditions for us to move into IFPL IV this week, which will reduce the risk of a wildfire start from industrial operations, including timber, on area public lands. These conditions also indicate that it is time to increase PURs to prevent wildfires from recreation and other wildland use."

To help prevent wildfires, it's advised to do the following:

- Use a petroleum-fueled stove, lantern or heating device for cooking, light or heat. Make sure that it is secured, stable and in safe place to be used that is free of vegetation and other ready to burn materials.

- Follow the appropriate Use Regulations for smoking - most agencies are restricting smoking to enclosed vehicles only now. Always dispose of cigarette debris in some type of an ashtray.

- 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 1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher.

- Call 911 to report suspected wildfires immediately.

South Central Oregon has already seen an active and unprecedented fire season, with wildfires starting as early as late March and the Bootleg Fire, the third largest fire in Oregon history, currently burning in Klamath and Lake counties.

"The wildland firefighters from the SCOFMP agencies have been remarkable during one of the earliest and most active fire seasons in the area, fighting fire in unprecedented conditions with skill, determination, commitment, cooperation and resiliency," said Fremont-Winema National Forest Supervisor Barry Imler. "Our agencies and the communities we serve are all grateful for the efforts of our firefighters, whether they are engaged with the Bootleg Fire, responding on initial attack or at the ready as part of preparedness."

The Bootleg Fire has also brought firefighters from outside South Central Oregon to help with wildfire suppression.

"We are also thankful for the wildland firefighting resources from throughout Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and the country who have traveled here and are working on the Bootleg Fire, providing additional capacity and support, even with initial attack near the Bootleg Fire," Imler said.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect Thursday from 2 to 11 pm over a large part of the SCOFMP area for abundant lightning on dry fuels.

"SCOFMP wildland firefighting resources are prepared to respond to the incoming weather and possible natural fire starts over the coming days," said Andrew Taylor, Fire Management Officer for the Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex. "The publicís cooperation in preventing wildfires allows us to quickly address lightning starts, which under the current fuel conditions can grow rapidly."

Fire managers are asking for area residents and visitors to remain vigilant and continue to help prevent new wildfire starts by following the latest restrictions.

"We have truly appreciated the public helping prevent wildfires over the past few months," said Randall Baley, Protection Unit Forester for Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). "Fire season isn't over yet and it is essential that we all work together to minimize the risk of human-caused wildfires to protect our communities and the wildlands we all enjoy."

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, Crater Lake National Park and the Sheldon-Hart Mountain and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complexes.

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