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bend, or -- Deschutes County Commissioners have declared an emergency and imposed restrictions on unprotected land to help prevent wildfires. County Forester Ed Keith says the order applies to lands not part of a Rural Fire District or protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. He says restrictions include no open fires except in designated areas. Keith also says between 1-and-8pm every day, no chainsaw use…no cutting, grinding or welding of metal…and no lawn mowing. He says all fireworks, sky lanterns and exploding targets or tracer ammunition are all prohibited.

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