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
Klamath-Lake District ODF moves to High Fire Danger and Regulated Use Closure
Wednesday, July 24th, 2019, 00:01:00 AM PDT
Klamath and Lake Counties, Oregon - With the progression of summer conditions and continued drying of forest fuels, local fire danger levels have reached "HIGH". The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership has gone into High Fire Danger Level effective July 22nd, 2019 and followed up by the Regulated Use Closure on July 24th, 2019. Fires starting in these conditions have the potential for rapid fire spread and major damage. The Regulated Use Restrictions being placed in effect by fire officials will dramatically reduce the chance of an accidental fire start.
Beginning Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 at 12:01 A.M., all private, county, and state wildlands protected by the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will be placed under a PUBLIC REGULATED USE CLOSURE.
Under the Public Regulated Use Closure:
* Smoking in wildland areas is permitted only in enclosed vehicles on roads.
* Camping, cooking, or warming fires will be prohibited, except in the following designated locations: In KLAMATH County: Collier State Park, Kimball State Park, and Hagelstein Park. In LAKE County: Gooselake State Park. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are permitted at all other locations.
* Off-road driving and motorized vehicles on un-improved roads are prohibited.
* Use of fireworks is prohibited. "Fireworks" means any combustible or explosive device or any other article which was prepared for the purpose of providing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, including firecrackers, fountains, skyrockets, snakes, and sparklers.
* Possession of a full-size axe, shovel, and a 2.5 pound fire extinguisher or filled gallon water container is required while travelling in a motorized vehicle, except on state and county roads.
* Debris Burning, which was banned June 10th, 2019 in Klamath and Lake Counties remains in effect.
In addition, the following activities will be prohibited between the hours of 1:00 and 8:00 P.M.:
* Non-Industrial chain saw use
* Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal on forested lands.
The above regulations expand those already in effect in the Klamath River Canyon since June 10th, 2019. The "Fire Season In Effect" declaration on June 10th put into place regulations restricting debris burning and timber harvest operations. Wildland and structural fire protection agencies in Klamath County have agreed to prohibit all outdoor 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 forest land. Declaring the "Fire Season" also prohibits the release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding targets or the discharge of tracer ammunition during this period.
2019 Fire Season Goes Into Effect
Friday, June 7th, 2019, 10:58:52 AM PDT
Klamath and Lake Counties, Oregon - Upcoming and forecasted warming and drying weather conditions have prompted fire officials in Klamath and Lake Counties to declare fire season beginning Monday, June 10, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. on lands protected by the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Walker Range Forest Patrol Association. This affects all private, county, and state forest lands, as well as those Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands west of the Gerber Reservoir Area in Klamath County.
"The visual and later "green-up" of live vegetation, cooler temperatures and cloudiness with periods of rainy weather this late spring have allowed us to get a deeper into June official start," stated Randall Baley, Protection Unit Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry. "The forecasted warm and dry weather with even warmer temperatures forecasted going into later June will dry out the fuels rapidly to warrant starting fire season at this time."
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 County 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 prohibits the release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding targets or the discharge of tracer ammunition during this period.
In addition to the "Declaration of Fire Season", ODF will be placing the private lands within the Klamath River Canyon area from Keno to the State Line in a "Regulated Closure". The closure stipulates the following:
1) Possession of the following fire-fighting equipment is required while travelling in the forest, except on state and county roads: an axe, a shovel, and one gallon of water or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher.
*** "Axe" means a wood cutting tool having a handle of not less than 26 inches in length and a head weight of not less than 2 pounds.
*** "Shovel" means a digging tool having a handle not less than 26 inches in length and a blade of not less than 8 inches in width.
2) Smoking in wildland areas is permitted only in enclosed vehicles on roads. Smoking is prohibited while working or traveling in an industrial operation area.
3) Open fires, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, are permitted only at posted and designated sites.
4) Non-Industrial chainsaw usage is prohibited between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
5) Fireworks are prohibited within the Closure Area.
The Klamath River Canyon has been placed under this Regulated Closure due to it's lower elevation, drier fuels, and steep terrain.
Specific fire locations and other information can be found on the LIFC Incidents Information Report