The Oregon Department of Forestry has placed further public fire restrictions on forest land because of the dry conditions.

The additional restrictions prohibit the non-industrial use of chain saws and ban all campfires. The restrictions apply to forest land protected by ODF, including land in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties.

Fire officials are also urging users of forested areas to avoid activities that could result in wildfires. "With our hot weather returning, forest areas are getting dry," said Astoria District Forester Tom Savage. "It's time for us to tighten restrictions to prevent recreation-related fires."

Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads and in boats on water; open fires are prohibited, but portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed; chain saw use is prohibited; use of motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and ATVs, is not allowed on unimproved roads; fireworks are banned; cutting, grinding or welding of metal is prohibited; and possession of a shovel, one gallon of water or an operational fire-extinguisher is required while traveling.

These restrictions are in addition to fire season restrictions in effect on commercial logging operations. A recording on industrial fire precaution levels can be heard by calling 325-7215. A recording on local fire season regulations for the public can also be heard at the number.

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