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EFFECTIVE 12:01a.m. PDT, September 9, 2016

In accordance with ORS 478.960, I hereby proclaim the following fire restrictions are in effect until such time as it is deemed safe to remove them, or if not specifically removed in writing by the Fire Chief of SLCFR, when, and on such date and time, as LRAPA declares the legal start of open burning in Lane County:

The following restrictions apply within the City of Cottage Grove, City of Creswell, and any lands within the SLCFR District boundaries, not protected by the Western or Eastern Lane Districts of ODF.

 Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and other designated locations.

 Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at locations where fire pits are present. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed. Briquette use is allowed in barbeques, but is restricted to use on hard, non-flammable surfaces such as patios, driveways, gravel, or green irrigated lawns.

 The use of power saws is prohibited during extreme fire danger. Power saw use is permitted before 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. during low, moderate, and high fire danger. Each power saw is required to have one shovel and one fire extinguisher of at least 8 ounce capacity.

 Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited during extreme fire danger. This activity is permitted before 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. during low, moderate, and high fire danger, as long as it is conducted in a cleared area, and has a charged garden hose or 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher immediately available.

 The mowing of dried, cured grass is prohibited during extreme fire danger. This activity is permitted before 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. during low, moderate and high fire danger. The culture and harvest of agricultural crops is exempt from this requirement.

 Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are only allowed on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except for the culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

 Use of illegal fireworks is prohibited at all times, and in any location within the District. Legal firework use is permitted in areas free of dried, cured grasses, brush, or trees. Generally firework use is only permitted on asphalt, concrete, or gravel and a charged garden hose or one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher is immediately available.

The Fire Chief or an authorized representative of SLCFR may, in writing, approve a modification or waiver of these requirements.

These restrictions shall remain in effect until replaced, suspended, or terminated by an additional proclamation of the SLCFR Fire Chief or an authorized representative.

John Wooten, Fire Chief

South Lane Fire and Rescue

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Movie Night 616

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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