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Effective August 28, 2016 at 12am PST, and in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Forestry issued closedown orders, invoking Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL), and in accordance with ORS 477.625, ORS 477.670, and OAR 629-043-0070. This order states that no activities in violation of the current IFPL are permitted at any time on all lands protected by the Western Lane and East Cascade Districts of ODF, and all forestland within one-eighth mile thereof. SLCFR will honor, and go by the current IFPL for Western and Eastern Lane Districts of ODF at all times in areas jointly protected by ODF Western Lane, ODF Eastern Lane, and SLCFR to avoid conflicting IFPL level changes. Please check with the ODF office in your area.

In addition, and in accordance with ORS 478.960, within the city limits of Cottage Grove, Creswell, and any area within SLCFR District boundaries not protected by the Western Lane or Eastern Lane Districts of ODF, the following restrictions are in place, until rescinded by the Fire Chief of SLCFR;

1. No open flames are allowed out of doors, including no campfires, warming fires, cooking fires, or ceremonial fires not within a fire pit. Gas and briquette barbeques are allowed, but are restricted to use on hard, non-flammable surfaces such as patios, driveways, gravel, or green irrigated lawns.

2. 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 between the hours of 11am and 7pm, EXCEPT that mowing of green, irrigated lawns is allowed at any time.

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

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

5. All logging operations, including power saws, cable yarders, and tractor/skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations are prohibited outside of the current IFPL for Western and Eastern Lane ODF Districts.

6. All construction operations involving dozers or graders are restricted to streets or roads, developed building sites, or other areas of non-flammable surfaces except those allowed within the current IFPL for Western or Eastern Lane ODF Districts. Those construction operations in dry or dead grass, brush, or trees must have fire protection capabilities on site.

7. Any other spark-emitting operation not specifically mentioned, is prohibited out of doors in areas containing dry grass, brush, or trees.

These additional restrictions will continue until such time as weather conditions permit the safe easing of the restrictions by the Fire Chief of SLCFR as described specifically within the city limits of Cottage Grove, Creswell, and those areas within SLCFR District boundaries, not protected by Western or Eastern Lane Districts of ODF.

John Wooten

Fire Chief

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August 26, 2016

Effective at 1100 AM on August 26, 2016, and in conjunction 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 no activities are permitted at any time on all lands protected by the Western Lane and East Cascade Districts of ODF, and all forestland within one-eighth mile thereof.

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August 25, 2016

Effective at 1100 AM on August 25, 2016, and in conjunction an Oregon Department of Forestry issued closedown order; invoking Industrial Fire Precaution Order (IFPL) Level 3, in accordance with ORS 477.625, ORS 477.670, and OAR 629-043-0070. This order states that no activities are permitted at any time on all lands protected by the Western Lane and East Cascade Districts of ODF, and all forestland within one-eighth mile thereof.

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South Lane County Fire & Rescue crews responded to a two-vehicle Motor Vehicle Accident at Layng Rd and Row River RD on the afternoon of July 8th 2016
The involved vehicles were a mini-van and full-size pickup towing a horse trailer.

A total of twelve patients were transported to Riverbend Hospital. One patient was taken to Rivebend by LifeFlight helicopter. One occupant of the minivan died at the scene.

Lane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident with assistance from the Oregon State Police.

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News Release from Oregon State Fire Marshal

Posted on FlashAlert: June 23rd, 2016 11:57 AM

Downloadable file: 4besfireworks.pdf

The Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to "Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe" when using fireworks. The 2016 Oregon fireworks sales season opens Thursday, June 23 and runs through Wednesday, July 6. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know what fireworks are legal in Oregon, where they are permitted, and the important steps to take for fireworks safety. 

"People often forget that legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands," says Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. For example, fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds." 

July 4th holiday forest visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, and most other public lands. "Fireworks compound the threat to already dry forests," states Keep Oregon Green President Kristin Babbs. "Enjoy fireworks where they belong: on the pavement- safely away from houses, vehicles, and flammable vegetation." 

Oregon law bans possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are ILLEGAL in Oregon. 

There were 227 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon during 2015, resulting in 28 injuries and more than $423,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, from 2011 through 2015, there were 924 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon resulting in one death, 161 civilian injuries, and more than $2.7 million in property damage. 

Officials may seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $500 per violation. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children. 

"All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only legal fireworks and use them carefully," adds Ruiz-Temple. And we encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets, before deciding on when and where you choose to light fireworks." 

The OSFM encourages everyone to use the four B's of safe fireworks use: 
* Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket. 
* Be Safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks. 
* Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal. 
* Be Aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places. 

The four B's of fireworks safety brochure is available here: 
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/4BesFireworks.pdf

Tips in Spanish are also available at:http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/Fireworks_4Bs_Spanish.pdf.

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