By Caitlin Conrad/KTVL.com
MEDFORD, Ore -- Oregon Deparment of Forestry, says it's being forced to raise industrial precautions levels earlier than usual this year.
Brian Ballou with, ODF, says the use of use fire will be shut down and for some time crews have already had to bring water on scene. But those aren't the end of the restrictions, "we've reached the point where we need a one o'clock shut down for their chainsaws, and much of their other logging equipment." Ballou said.
Jake Gibbs, Director of External Affairs for Lone Rock Timber, says the company takes fire season very seriously.Onsite at the jobs crews have water tenders, extingushers, hose line, and of course, water.
Gibbs says the one o'clock shut down can cut down on productivity but loosing forest land is far more damaging.
Gibs says Lone Rock also trains it's loggers to use firefighting equipment, in case they need to save any of the more 130,000 acres of timber, the company manages in southwest Oregon. Gibbs says it's their livelihood on the line if a fire gets going, "ee don't have insurance products that we can purchase to insure our forest land so if they do burn it's a loss entirely," he said.
Ballou says forestry companies are pretty good about keeping the most up to date equipment on site. However, even though their livelihood is on the line odf still goes in to make sure everyone is following the rules, "there are forest officers who run around in the forest district engines, and they will check on operation sites," said Ballou.
NEW RESTRICIONS IN PLACE July 7, 2014
- The use of fire in any form will be prohibited
- The use of power saws will be prohibited, except at loading sites, between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
- The use of cable yarders will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
- Blasting will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.Welding or cutting of metal will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.