Fire managers just started a higher fire precaution level for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, The Crooked River Grassland and Prineville BLM. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level-II restrictions went into effect at midnight Thursday morning, July 25th.
Under an Industrial Fire Precaution Level II power saws and other specified equipment can only be used between 8pm and 1pm.
The regulations affect both commercial and personal use firewood cutters, and industrial operators.
To check Industrial Fire Precaution Levels and Public Use Restrictions in central Oregon log on to: www.fs.usda.gov/centraloregon.