Emergency Order Closing Down Burning


Effective immediately and in conjunction with an Oregon Department of Forestry issued closedown order invoking Industrial Fire Precaution Order (IFPL) Level 4, in accordance with ORS 477.625, ORS 477.670 and OAR 629-043-0070; this order states that the following activities are NOT permitted at any time on all lands protected by the Goshen Fire and Pleasant Hill Rural Fire Protection Districts and all forestland within one-eighth mile thereof. This order is aligned with similar orders from Western Lane and East Cascade Districts of ODF.

Due to the current fire weather forecasts, and to bring the entire district into the same precaution level, as Fire Chief, I am issuing the following emergency order:

Effective immediately, in accordance with ORS 478.960, I hereby order the following restrictions for all lands protected by Goshen Rural Fire Protection District and Pleasant Hill Rural Fire Protection District.

  • No open flames are allowed out of doors, including no campfires, warming fires, cooking fires, or ceremonial fires.Fires are prohibited at all campgrounds and other sites with developed fire pits. Gas powered barbeques are allowed; but are restricted to use on hard, non-flammable surfaces such as patios and driveways or green irrigated lawns.

  • No power equipment such as mowers, chain saws, stump grinders, etc., may be operated on or near dry grass, brush or trees at any time EXCEPT that mowing of green, irrigated lawns is allowed.

  • No smoking outside of buildings or vehicles in any area with dry grass, brush or trees.

  • No operation of welding or metal cutting equipment out of doors in any area with dry grass, brush or trees.

  • All logging operations, including power saws, cable yarders, and tractor/skidder, feller bunch, forwarder, or shovel logging operations are prohibited.

  • All construction operations involving dozers or graders are restricted to streets or roads, developed building sites, or other areas of non-flammable surfaces.

  • Any other spark-emitting operation not specifically mentioned is prohibited out of doors.

These restrictions will continue until such time as the current high temperatures and low humidity weather conditions permit the lifting of this emergency order.

Steve Abel

Fire Chief

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