Information on Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL)



SUBJECT:     NW-1 to raise to IFPL 2

NW-2 & NW-3 to raise to IFPL 3


TO:                  Media, Cooperators and Industry


FROM:           Oregon Department of Forestry


DATE:            July 28, 2015


Effective: 1:00 a.m., PDT, July 30, 2015

Industrial Fire Precaution Level Zone NW-1 will go to Level 2 and Zone NW-2 & NW-3 will go to Level 3 effective 01:00 am on Thursday, July 30, 2015.  This includes all lands protected by the Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District (Astoria District, Forest Grove District and Tillamook District) and all forestland within one-eighth mile thereof.


Level II:  Partial Hootowl

The following may operate only between the hours of 8:00 pm and 1:00 pm

  • power saws except at loading sites;
  • cable yarding
  • blasting
  • welding or cutting of metal


Level III: Partial Shutdown
The following are prohibited except as indicated:

  • cable yarding – except that gravity operated logging systems employing non-motorized carriages may operate between 8 P.M. and 1 P.M. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground except the line between the carriage and the chokers.
  • power saws – except power saws may be used at loading sites and on tractor/skidder operations between the hours of 8 P.M. and 1 P.M.



In addition, the following are permitted to operate between the hours of 8 P.M. and 1 P.M.:

  • tractor/skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fireline are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start;
  • mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material;
  • blasting;
  • welding or cutting of metal;
  • any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned.


Fire watch waiver is still in effect:


IFPL 1 = 1 hour

IFPL 2 = 2 hours

IFPL 3 = 3 hours

IFPL 4 = Shutdown


With NW-2 & NW-3 at IFPL 3, the Non-Industrial Chainsaw waiver and the OHV waiver are not applicable.  The OHV trails in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, and Trask and the trails in the BLM Nestucca Riding Area are CLOSED and will remain closed until further notice.  Only the improved, maintained gravel roads in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, Trask and all other areas of the forest remain open for OHV use.


More information can be found at:




Drought In Oregon

Governor Kate Brown has declared drought in 23 of Oregon’s 36 counties. This widespread water shortage is due to record-breaking low snowpack levels, high temperatures, and significantly low stream flows in many parts of the state.


This winter, Oregon’s snowpack peaked at the lowest levels measured in the last 35 years. According to the Water Resources Department, stream flow is expected to be well below normal through the end of summer despite the current statewide average precipitation being 87%.


On July 28th, Governor Brown issued an executive order directing state agencies to plan for resiliency to drought. She directed state agencies that own or manage land or facilities to immediately curtail or end the non-essential use of water for landscaping, enact a moratorium on the installation of new non-essential landscaping projects that require irrigation at state-owned buildings, develop signs and other messaging to encourage state employees to reduce non-essential uses of water, and assure that state-owned buildings and facilities have current leak detection systems and procedures that are being carried out on a timely basis. The goal of this executive order is to reduce non-essential water consumption by 15 percent or more on average across all state-owned facilities on or before December 31, 2020.


SDAO understands that certain district members are directly affected by these drought conditions more so than others. We have been participating on the Governor’s drought advisory committee and communications team to better understand how state and local agencies are affected by these conditions. While not all parts of the state are equally impacted, all areas can do their part to conserve and wisely use this precious resource. Oregon’s drought website,, was developed to help Oregonians learn more about drought assistance programs, drought status updates, conservation methods, and recreation information. We encourage you to utilize this informative website.