July 31, 2020 10:40 a.m.

High temperatures and worsening fuel conditions across southern Oregon have prompted the Coos Forest Protective Association to increase the fire danger level to high as of Saturday.

That includes parts of western Douglas County.

Jef Chase of CFPA said live fuels are at the point where they are available for fire to burn, which makes fire more resistant to control efforts. He said the agency is asking for the public’s continued help with fire prevention this summer.

With fire danger moving to high:

*Smoking is prohibited while traveling to forestlands except in vehicles on improved roads, on boats in water and at other designated areas.

*Open fires including campfires are only allowed at designated, hosted and managed campgrounds.

*Powersaw use is only allowed between 8:00 pm. and 10:00 a.m. A fire watch of one hour is required following the use of each saw.

*Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is only allowed between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. in areas that are cleared of flammable materials.

*Mowing of dried, cured grass is only allowed between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.

*Motor vehicles including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles are only allowed on improved roads that are free of vegetation.

Other restrictions are in place as well. Go to for more information or follow CFPA on Facebook and Twitter.