Fire warning level raised in Gifford Pinchot National Forest

By Eric Florip, Columbian Transportation & Environment Reporter



The fire warning level at Gifford Pinchot National Forest has bumped up one notch, tightening some restrictions for work in the forest.

Officials raised the Industrial Fire Precaution Level from Level I to Level II. For the general public, the change only affects power-saw usage. Chainsaws may not be run between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., according to forest officials.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest’s fire danger rating stands at moderate. Forest officials remind visitors to take proper precautions with fire in the forest. Those include completely extinguishing a campfire before leaving it, and keeping a bucket of water and dirt scraping tools nearby to put out embers.