June 19, 2017 4;30 a.m.
Fire season is underway on lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
Kyle Reed says the designation is now in effect on all 1.6 million acres of private, county, state, Bureau of Land Management lands and Bureau of Indian Affairs lands that DFPA protects.
The use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition is prohibited on or within one eighth of a mile of DFPA protected lands.
The start of fire season also means the end of unregulated outdoor debris burning for rural Douglas County residents. DFPA will issue burn permits for handmade debris piles until July 1st, as fire conditions allow. Burn permits are free but they do require an onsite inspection from a Forest Officer prior to approval. During that inspection, Forest Officers will make sure that the debris pile is in a safe location, that an adequate water source and fire tools are at the burn site, and that the pile is surrounded by a fire trail that is scraped down to mineral soil. Burn permits will not be issued for burn barrels. To schedule an onsite inspection for a burn permit call DFPA at 672-6507.
Effective immediately industrial fire regulations are in place as well. The Douglas District is now in Industrial Fire Precaution Level One. Complete details about restrictions are listed at www.dfpa.net.