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News Release
ODF declares fire season to start on July 1 in Lane and southern Linn counties - 06/30/20

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Fire season will begin on forestlands in Lane County and southern Linn County protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry starting on Wednesday, July 1 at 12:01 a.m.

A fire season declaration places fire prevention restrictions on landowners and the public on lands protected by ODF. Fire prevention regulations on industrial logging and forest management activities also go into effect. The restrictions are designed to reduce the number of human-caused fires at a time of year when wildfires are most likely to occur.

The South Cascade and Western Lane districts will join six other ODF districts in southern and central Oregon that are already in a declared fire season. The Northeast Oregon District is going into fire season on July 1.

Western Lane

Link Smith is District Forester for the Western Lane District, which protects western Lane County. He said,"Declaring fire season puts in place restrictions intended to prevent human-caused fires, which are up compared to the 10 year average for this time of year."

Smith encouraged people before they head out to forests to check ODF's online map showing fire danger levels and fire restrictions on all ODF-protected lands anywhere in Oregon. The map can be found at https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/firerestrictions/PFR.html

For pre-recorded information on fire season restrictions in the Western Lane District, call ODF's Veneta office at
541-935-2222 or check out the ODF Western Lane Facebook page.

South Cascade

South Cascade District Forester Chris Cline said a mild, wet spring has also contributed to a buildup of fine fuels in eastern Lane and southern Linn counties, which make up the South Cascade District.

"The arrival of drier summer weather makes those fine fuels ignite more readily and spread fire faster," said Cline. “As we enter into our extended dry conditions, we would ask people to be extra vigilant in fire prevention and awareness. It’s always important to prevent as many human-caused fires as possible. With the potential safety concerns related to COVID-19, this year it’s even more critical to relieve any unnecessary burdens that wildfire in our communities creates.”

For further information on fire season restrictions in the South Cascade District, call ODF at these local offices:
Springfield - Brian Dally at 541-726-3588 ext 226
Sweet Home - 541-367-6108 press 0

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