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 Season Ends for Klamath and Lake Counties
Thursday, October 13th, 2016, 8:12:20 AM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - [Klamath Falls] The 2016 Fire Season is officially ending for Klamath and Lake Counties. Fire management personnel from Walker Range Patrol Association and the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry [ODF] in cooperation with other local fire agencies and departments has declared the termination of the 2016 Fire Season as of 12:01 am, Thursday, October 13, 2016. “Fire Season” for the area has been in effect since June 5th.
The ending of fire season lifts the ban on Open Debris burning in Klamath and Lake Counties. Check with your local rural structural fire department for burning and permit regulations within their districts and the county health department for air quality restrictions. The Oregon Department of Forestry, Klamath-Lake District does not issue or require burn permits on lands solely protected by them when fire season is not in effect.
Logging Operation requirements including watchman services and fire equipment on site, in effect on private, county and state lands have also been lifted.
“We’ve appreciated everybody’s preventive caution and AWESOME work during this 2016 season.” stated Randall Baley, Protection Unit Forester. “Even though we have lifted fire season, it does not mean that people should be any less careful, they are still responsible for any fire that gets out of control and spreads. Debris Burning should be attended at all times, done only during daylight hours, in cleared areas, in ‘no wind’ conditions, and meeting Air Quality guidelines.” Landowners need to remember that any burning escaping their control is their liability and they could be billed for the fire suppression costs. Be cautious, be fire safe, be careful.
The Oregon Department of Forestry recognizes the efforts of their seasonal and permanent staff in working to prevent large fires. They would also like to thank their cooperators, landowners and the people of Klamath and Lake Counties for their assistance in preventing fires from starting in the first place and for helping to keep the majority of fires that did start small.
During the 2016 season, the Klamath-Lake District [ODF] has documented 69 fires that burned approximately 765 acres. 5 of those acres burned were from lightning caused fires which falls well below the 10 year average.
Key Web Links: Oregon Department of Forestry http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/index.aspx Klamath County Air Quality http://www.klamathair.org/ Lakeview Interagency Fire Center http://scofmp.org/lifc.shtm
Klamath-Lake District and Walker Range lift Wildland Regulated Use Closure
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 8:12:15 AM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - Fire Season still in effect, debris burning still prohibited Klamath Falls- As of 12:01am Tuesday, October 4, 2016 The Oregon Department of Forestry has decreased fire danger to Moderate. Because this much needed relief in the dry weather was ample enough in precipitation, the REGULATED USE CLOSURE in effect since June HAS BEEN LIFTED. DECLARED FIRE SEASON REMAINS in effect which means the regulations restricting the release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding targets and tracer ammunition, as well as no open debris burning are still in place.
“This rainfall that we received is helping us out,” stated Jacob Barnett, Fire Planner, “but because of how dry the fuels were, the moisture amounts we are getting could dry out rapidly again with a decent warm up. With the limited precipitation that was received, we will stay in Closed Fire Season but lift the Public Regulated Use Closure restrictions. The public has done a great job this season being considerate of the landowners that have allowed the usage of their properties and by following the regulations that were in effect.”
The best protection measures are always preventative measures. The residents and visitors to Klamath and Lake Counties have been very responsible in their use of Fire Safe Practices and the Klamath-Lake District would like to continue that. Let us continue to not let our guard down. Be sure to follow any restrictions put in place and other general fire prevention measures to decrease the chance of or the spread of a wildfire.
Fire danger reducing and restrictions lifted in south central Oregon
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016, 3:59:34 PM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - LAKEVIEW, Ore. – As of this morning, the fire danger had been reduced from “extreme” to “high”, the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) was reduced to Level 2 on lands under the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) and Public Use Restrictions were lifted in several areas. The IFPL affects lands administered by the Fremont-Winema National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Sheldon-Hart Mountain and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complexes. The Public Use Restrictions are also lifted on these public lands.
The only Lakeview District BLM lands not included in this are those within the Klamath Falls Resource Area west of Langell Valley. This area is under the protection of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), which remains under regulated use. For information on specific restrictions in areas under ODF’s fire protection, please visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx. Crater Lake National Park remains under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, prohibiting campfires in the backcountry and restricting campfires and smoking to designated areas. For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/crla and select “Alerts”. Personal and commercial woodcutters are allowed to resume operations in accordance with their permit and current IFPL levels. 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 the fire precautionary requirements may result in a violation notice.
“While the Public Use Restrictions are lifted and the fire danger is decreasing, conditions are still dry,” said Interagency Fire Staff Officer Barry Shullanberger. “As people go out to enjoy their public lands – whether it’s cutting firewood, hunting, camping or just enjoying the warm weather – we ask that they be careful with anything that can throw a spark and to make sure campfires are completely out and cold to the touch before leaving.” Visitors should also be aware of their surroundings and prepared for changing weather conditions as the seasons change. This includes reporting visible smoke that could be from a wildfire. For more information on SCOFMP, please visit www.scofmp.org, on Twitter @scofmpfireinfo or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo. ##
Specific fire locations and other information can be found on the LIFC Incidents Information Report