POLK COUNTY -- Fire season has been declared in Polk County by the Oregon Department of Forestry's West Oregon District effective July 8.
Entry into fire season imposes certain restrictions on work activities in the forest. Industrial operations are required to have firefighting equipment onsite. Since restrictions may vary, it is advisable to check with the nearest ODF office for rules specific to the local area.
Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL) are part of ODF's closure system that regulates industrial activity in the forests of the Coast Range. When fire season takes effect, the districts will be at an IFPL 1, which imposes the fewest restrictions and generally requires a fire watch at industrial forest operation sites. IFPL details can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/ifpl.shtml.
West Oregon District Forester Mike Totey noted that the unusual weather conditions of recent months should not give rise to complacency about the wildfire threat.
"We've been fortunate to have had a very wet spring," he said. "However, recent hot, dry weather has brought conditions in the forest closer to what we would normally see this time of year."
The West Oregon District protects approximately 1.1 million acres of private and public property from wildfire, including lands in Polk, Benton, Lincoln and southern Yamhill counties.