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Woodcutting Restrictions Modified - IFPL Levels Modified

Incident: Okanogan Complex Wildfire
Released: 9/18/2015

Woodcutting Restrictions Modified

Release Date: Sep 16, 2015

Due to recent weather changes and cooler nighttime temperatures, Industrial Fire Precaution Levels, which govern woodcutting and other industrial activities in the national forest, will be lowering allowing family woodcutters to cut fire wood in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Effective September 17, Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL) will change; Zone 680 will go to IFPL 1 and Zones 675, 609W and 609E will go to IFPL 2.

Industrial Fire Precaution Levels will also change on the north end of the forest starting September 18. Zones 678W and 684 in the Methow Valley and Tonasket Ranger Districts will be lowered to level 2 on September 18.

Under precaution level 2 woodcutters are able to cut wood in the higher elevation areas of the forest that are open to woodcutting, but they need to shut down their saws by 1 p.m. and remain at the site for one hour to watch for possible fire starts. Under precaution level 1 woodcutters can cut wood all day long but must also remain at the site for the one hour fire watch.

Woodcutters need to remember to carry the equipment listed on their woodcutting permit and to read and follow all firewood cutting regulations and stay within wood cutting areas.

For current IFPL information call 1-800-527-3305 or go online to
https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/ifpl/IFPL.aspx

To view a map of the IFPL zones in the Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. go to
www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ifpl

Washington State Department of Natural Resources, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Affairs all use the same four-level industrial regulation system. This system, which helps prevent wildfires by regulating work in the woods, is known as the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) system.

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