Fire officials in Klamath and Lake counties will officially declare fire season beginning Monday, June 1, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Klamath-Lake District and Walker Range Fire Patrol Association. This affects all private, county, and state forestland’s.

“We’ve hit that time of year when temperatures will start to dry out vegetation quickly and all fires have the potential to cause significant damage. We need to curtail burning and make sure the public is aware of the dangers so we can minimize that potential from human-caused fires,” stated Dennis Lee, District Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry.

The “fire season in effect” declaration puts into place regulations restricting debris burning and timber harvest operations. Wildland and structural fire protection agencies in Klamath County have agreed to prohibit all outdoor debris burning. Forest operations that require a Permit to Operate Power Driven Machinery now are required to have fire tools, on-site water supply, and watchman service on privately owned forestland. Declaring “fire season” also prohibits the release of sky lanterns, discharge of exploding targets, or discharge of tracer ammunition during this period.