Published by Kristin Babbs
Due to increased fire danger CFPA is setting limitations on public activities in the forests. Effective Thursday, July 21st, CFPA will imposed a Regulated Use Closure for the general public on all private, county, state, and BLM lands in Coos, Curry, and western Douglas counties.
The following is a complete list of restrictions within the Regulated Used Closure:…
1. Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except within enclosed vehicles or at designated locations.
2. Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated, managed campgrounds. Portable cooking stoves using liquified or bottled fuels are allowed.
3. Powersaw use is prohibited between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. When permitted each saw must have one axe or pulaski, one shovel and one operational fire extinguisher that is at least 8 ounce capacity. Powersaws must be equipped with a spark arrestor. In addition, a fire watch is required for at lest one hour following the use of each saw.
4. Motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are only permitted on improved roads free of grass and other flammable debris.
5. Motor vehicles, other than all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles, must be equipped with one gallon of water or one operational 2 1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher, one axe or pulaski, and one shovel; except when traveling on state highways, county roads, and maintained driveways.
6. All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one operational 2 1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher and an approved spark arrestor, except when traveling on state highways, county roads and maintained driveways.
7. Use of fireworks is prohibited.
8. Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is prohibited between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present.
9. Mowing of dry, cured grass with power driven equipment is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
10. Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and 2) Operated in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Jef Chase – Coos Forest Protective Association
Coos Forest Protective Association