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Gifford Pinchot National Forest raises fire warning level

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Aug. 24, 2011 at 11:19 am with No Comments »
August 24, 2011 11:19 am

Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials just announced they have increased the fire warning level. The impact on the general public will be minimal, however.

Forest officials said the Industrial Fire Precaution Level has moved from Level I to Level II, increasing restrictions for work on the Forest.

The only effect on the general public is a restriction on the use of chainsaws. The new restriction means chainsaws may not be run from 1-8 p.m.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest fire danger rating is now at moderate.

Camp fires should be completely extinguished before departing camp at any time. Keep a bucket of water and tools for dirt scraping handy to quickly put out any embers that may escape the fire ring. Clear all vegetation from within three feet of any fire, the agency’s news release said.

Click here for the Gifford Pinchot website Fire page.

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