Coos Forest Protective Association
Fire Season Requirements

 

Fire Season Requirements
In Operations on and near Forest Land in Oregon

The operation fire prevention and suppression requirements described below are established by Oregon Law and Administrative Rule. This is only a digest of the basic requirements and is designed to serve as a useful guide for complying with the requirements during fire season. It is not intended to describe every requirement or every situation.

The landowner and the operator must immediately proceed to control and extinguish any fire started in an operation while the operation is active, any fire which results from operation activity, and any fire which results from burning. A four level INDUSTRIAL FIRE PRECAUTION LEVEL (IFPL) system is used by all wildland fire protection agencies in Oregon and Washington to regulate operation activity during fire season. The IFPL System does not apply on lands east of the summit of the Cascade Mountains, which are protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. However, other special closedown requirements may apply. The level of IFPL closedown is based on the fire danger in the area surrounding the operation. Additional information on specific closedown times, locations and requirements can be obtained from the district.

Firefighting hand tools are required on most operations. The number of tools needed depends on how many people work in an operation area. The chart below shows the number of hand tools required.

Hand Tools (477.655, 629-43-0025)

Workers at Operation 1-4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Fire Tool Boxes 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Axes 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3
Shovels 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 7 7 7 7 7
Pulaskis 1 2 3 3 4 5 5 5 6 6 7 7 7 8 8 9 10

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS (477.655, 629-43-0025)

PUMP, HOSE, AND WATER SUPPLY (477.650, 477.625, 629-043-0026, 629-43-0020)

SPARK ARRESTERS AND MUFFLERS (477.645, 629-043-0015)

The following are exempt from the spark arrester requirement:

  1. Full turbo-charged internal combustion engines maintained in good condition.
  2. Engines in motor vehicles operating on public roads equipped with adequate muffler with baffles kept in good repair.
  3. Engines on fire equipment, and which are used solely for pumping water.
  4. Chainsaws
  5. All gasoline engines of less than 50 cubic inch displacement must be equipped with factory-installed mufflers.
  6. All non-turbo charged engines must be equipped with an approved spark arrester.
  7. Heavy trucks must be equipped with a baffled muffler and exhaust system in good repair. The exhaust must extend above the cab and discharge upward or to the rear, or to the end of the truck frame.
  8. Light trucks must be equipped with a muffler and exhaust system.

FIRE TOOLS, EXTINGUISHER FOR TRUCKS (477.655, 629-043-0025)

CABLE LOGGING OPERATIONS (477.625, 477.655, 629-043-0026, 629-043-0025)

POWER SAWS (477.640, 629-043-0036)

SNAGS ON OPERATION AREAS (477.565, 629-043-0005)

FIRE WATCH (477.665, 629-043-0030)

NO SMOKING (477.510)


Coos Forest Protective Association

District Fire Watch Service Waiver Policy

June 4, 2003

CFPA will implement the following Fire Watch Service Waiver written policy:

Fire Watch Service Waiver Guidelines:

Any waiver issued by CFPA may be revoked at any time.

All waiver request will come from the landowner prior to any on-site visit.