We were just notified by the Fire Dept that our Fire Danger Level in “ZONE 680” will be raised to “Extreme” Saturday Night. Knowing this today gives those who work in the woods and home owners time to organize their activities and prepare for the tighter restrictions. Zone 675 is already level 3. The Wenatchee River RD has already changed our fire danger signs to EXTREME in anticipation of the level changing tonight.
Forest Closures to Reduce Fire Risk
By law, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) uses two closure systems for reducing the risk of wildfires on 12 million acres of private and state forest land that receives fire protection from the department.
Activated when needed during the summer fire season, one closure system (Industrial Fire Precaution Levels) applies to woods workers and other forest industrial users. The other set of protections is aimed at the general public, but also includes local residents, landowners, recreationists and forest workers.
Woods workers are required to observe both sets of restrictions as fire danger dictates.
Other land users only need to follow the public use restrictions.
Industrial Fire Precaution Levels
The DNR, 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.
Below are the levels and what they mean:
Level I: Closed Fire Season – fire equipment and firewatch service is required.
Level II: Partial Hootowl – limits certain activities to between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Level III: Partial Shutdown – prohibits some activities altogether and limits other activities between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Level IV: General Shutdown – All operations prohibited.