The Oregon Department of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District has shut down the use of power equipment in all forest lands because of ever increasing fire danger.
Chain saws, brush cutters and all other power-driven, spark-emitting equipment are affected by increased fire prevention regulations, which start at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, when the Industrial Fire Precaution Level rises to Level 3.
Officials said continued hot and dry conditions across southwest Oregon and the large wildfires currently burning across the region prompted the new industrial restrictions.
The fire danger level remains "extreme," imposing restrictions on other activities that could start fires. Debris and barrel burning is prohibited and campfires are allowed only in designated areas. Cutting and grinding metal, chain saw use, mowing dry grass and the use of sky lanterns fireworks, exploding targets, and tracer ammunition is prohibited. Smoking is allowed only in vehicles on improved roads.