Entire Gifford Pinchot National Forest on Level II fire alert

Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials announced an increased fire warning level beginning Monday, Aug. 13. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will move from Level I to Level II on all lands administered by the Gifford Pinchot. This change increases restrictions for work on the national forest. Previously, the Gifford Pinchot had issued these restrictions only for zone 660, on the southern portion of the forest. However, due to increased fire danger, these restrictions are being extended to cover all lands administered by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, including the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The general public is affected primarily through the power saw use restriction. Chainsaws may not be run from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Additionally, a one-hour fire watch is required after shut-down of power saws and other equipment within the affected area. All power saws are required to have an approved spark arrestor installed while operating on the national forest. The following may operate only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time: power saws except at loading sites, cable yarding, blasting, welding or cutting of metal. For more details, click here.