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Fire-Related News - 2010

Local & regional news releases, articles & ODF bulletins

A chronological listing, with excerpts & links, for 2010

 

 

NOTE:  Not all regional fire news is included here.  For more, see:

The Oregon Department of Forestry website at: http://www.swofire.oregon.gov/ and their Wildfires page at: http://www.swofire.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml, which has links at the top to "Fire Stats, Info and Updates," fires chronologies, and more.

The CAL-FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) website at: http://www.fire.ca.gov/, which has links to a listing of fire incidents.

 

 

2010 FIRE SEASON SUMMARY:  The 2010 fire season began on July 1st. On July 15th, the posted fire danger level was increased to "HIGH" (YELLOW).  On July 28th, the IFPL (Industrial Fire Precaution Level) became LEVEL II (TWO). The posted fire danger level increased to EXTREME on August 5th, when curfew hours for publicly regulated activites were extended, beginning at 10:00 AM daily, until 8:00 PM. On September 8th, the ODF dropped the fire danger level back down to HIGH, and reduced curfew hours to between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM. On September 20th, the ODF dropped the posted fire danger level down to Moderate, removing all previous restrictions except open burning. On Sat. October 23rd, after 119 days since July 1st, the ODF declared the end of the 2010 fire season.

 

 

October 23, 2010
8:45 a.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST OREGON NEWS MEDIA

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
SOUTHWEST OREGON DISTRICT
5286 Table Rock RD
Central Point, OR 97502

Contact: Brian Ballou, (541) 621-4156

FIRE SEASON ENDS ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS IN JACKSON AND JOSEPHINE COUNTIES

Fire season ends today, Oct. 23, on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District. The season began July 1 and lasted 115 days.

The largest fire of the season was the 315-acre Blackwell Fire that broke out east of Gold Hill on Sept. 12. Southwest Oregon District crews responded to 156 fires that burned a total of 459 acres. Fifty-seven of the fires were caused by lightning and 99 fires were caused by people.

ODF’s Southwest Oregon District protects 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management lands in Jackson and Josephine counties.

The fire danger level is “low” (green) and all fire restrictions have been removed.

Woody debris pile and barrel burning is now allowed on ODF-protected lands. However, open burning is regulated for air quality. Before lighting your pile or burn barrel, call the open burning advisory number for your county:

• Jackson County, 776-7007
• Josephine County, 476-WOOD

Also, some cities do not allow open burning, and many rural fire protection districts require a burning permit. Contact your local structural fire service provider to obtain any necessary permits before burning.

Information about fire season restrictions is available online at www.swofire.oregon.gov and at ODF Southwest Oregon District unit offices:

• Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd.; (541) 664-3328
• Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr.; (541) 474-3152

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Brian Ballou
Fire Prevention Specialist
Oregon Department of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District
Office: (541) 665-0662
bballou@odf.state.or.us

 

 

Sept. 20, 2010
8:30 a.m.

Oregon Department of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District

FIRE DANGER LEVEL DROPS TO MODERATE ON ODF SWO DISTRICT

The fire danger level is "Moderate" (blue) as of this morning on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level remains 1 (one) in all zones.

Under "Moderate" fire danger level conditions, the open burning of debris in piles and burn barrels is prohibited. All other restrictions have been removed.

These fire prevention regulations affect state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.

For details, see www.swofire.oregon.gov, or call ODF's Medford or Grants Pass unit offices.

Brian Ballou
Fire Prevention Specialist
Oregon Department of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District
Office: (541) 665-0662
bballou@odf.state.or.us

 

 

Sept. 14, 2010
4:30 p.m.

Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District

Blackwell Fire will be Contained Today

The 315-acre Blackwell Fire will be declared contained at 6:00 p.m. today, said ODF Incident Commander Steve Wetmore. Fire crews have made excellent progress extinguishing residual fires within the containment lines. Night shift crews will continue mop up, with the objective of extinguishing all smokes within 300 feet of the fireline.

Firefighters will continue working on the Blackwell Fire the rest of the week. Smoke will occasionally be visible from within the burned area as islands of remaining fuel burn out.

Rain is expected in the Rogue Valley this weekend – which will help.

Brian Ballou
Fire Prevention Specialist
Oregon Department of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District
Office: (541) 665-0662
bballou@odf.state.or.us

 

 

Sept. 14, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST OREGON NEWS MEDIA

Oregon Department of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District
5286 Table Rock Rd
Central Point

Contact: Brian Ballou, (541) 665-0662 or (541) 621-4156

BLACKWELL FIRE CAUSED BY PICKAXE

A landowner using a pickaxe to break a rock accidentally caused the Blackwell Fire, which burned 315 acres on Sunday.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, the landowner was using a pickaxe to split a quartz rock that was 2 feet in diameter. The rock was resting in a recently mowed area on the landowner’s property. The landowner wanted to break the rock into smaller pieces so he could move them to a different location. However, a spark caused by the pickaxe striking the rock started a fire in the dry grass clippings.

The landowner attempted to stomp out the fire while his wife dialed 9-1-1.

The facts of the incident support that the landowner will not be held liable for the cost of suppressing this fire. The investigation revealed that no Oregon Department of Forestry fire prevention regulations were violated, and that the landowners took reasonable and prudent action upon discovery of the fire. Oregon law only allows the Department of Forestry to recover suppression costs if a responsible party is found to be willful, malicious or negligent in the origin or spread of a fire.

The home that burned in the fire was owned by the person who accidentally caused the fire.

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Sept. 14, 2010
8:00 a.m.

Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District

Blackwell Fire 25 Percent Contained

The Blackwell Fire remains at 315 acres and is 25 percent contained. Night shift crews report that good progress was made on mop-up. No slopovers or flare-ups occurred.

Today, 125 firefighters will continue mopping up. Of particular concern is a steep, partially burned area on the north flank of the fire. Numerous smokes are scattered among unburned islands of fuel. Also, crews will continue patrolling and mopping up the slopes below the radio antenna site on top of Blackwell Hill, located in the southeast corner of the fire.

Occasional small columns of smoke will likely rise from the interior of the Blackwell Fire today. In most cases these burn themselves out after a short period of time. If necessary, a helicopter will be used to drop (large) buckets of water onto the flare-ups.

Travelers on the Blackwell Hill Rd. are asked to drive with caution as fire-related traffic will be heavy today.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Brian Ballou
Fire Prevention Specialist
Oregon Department of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District
Office: (541) 665-0662
bballou@odf.state.or.us

 

 

Sept. 13, 2010
7:30 p.m.

Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District

Blackwell Fire 20 Percent Contained

Firefighters on the Blackwell Fire, located 1 mile east of Gold Hill and 1 mile north of Interstate 5, made good progress today and completed a fireline around the burned area. The fire is now 20 percent contained and its size is 315 acres.

Crews established hoselays in several sectors and focused on extinguishing burning material within 100 feet of the fireline. Helicopters were used during the afternoon to make water drops on isolated fires within the burned area.

All evacuation advisories were lifted today, and roadblocks on Blackwell Hill Rd. will be removed at 8:00 p.m. tonight.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Brian Ballou
Fire Prevention Specialist
Oregon Department of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District
Office: (541) 665-0662
bballou@odf.state.or.us

 

 

Sept. 12, 2010
10:00 p.m.

Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District

Blackwell Hill Fire Burns 160 Acres, 1 Structure

The Blackwell Hill Fire broke out just before 4:00 p.m. and quickly burned across an expanse of grass, brush and oak. One structure burned near the point of origin. The fire continued in an easterly direction onto the heavily forested slopes of Blackwell Hill. Three helicopters dropped water and two airtankers delivered retardant onto the fire front until nightfall.

The fire area is approximately 1 mile east of Gold Hill and 1 mile north of Interstate 5.

Homes and other structures in the fire area received protection from firefighters and engines mobilized as part of a structural fire protection task force, composed of personnel and equipment from fire districts in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Wildland fire suppression resources included 7 ODF engines, 4 contractor engines and 6 bulldozers. Additional crews were ordered to assist with fireline construction operations, which will continue through the night.

Blackwell Hill Rd. is open to local residents and fire traffic only. Roadblocks staffed by Jackson County Sheriff Search and Rescue personnel are in place at Kirtland Rd., Gold Ray Rd., Merita Terrace and Foley Rd. An evacuation center has been set up at the Community Bible Church, 500 N. Tenth St., Central Point.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Brian Ballou
Fire Prevention Specialist
Oregon Department of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District
Office: (541) 665-0662
bballou@odf.state.or.us

 

 

September 8, 2010
10:00 a.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST OREGON NEWS MEDIA

Oregon Department of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District
5286 Table Rock Rd
Central Point, OR

Contact: Greg Alexander, ODF Medford Unit Forester, (541) 664-3328
Rick Dryer, ODF Grants Pass Unit Forester, (541) 474-3152

FIRE DANGER LEVEL DROPS TO HIGH

The fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties drops to High (yellow) this morning, and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level also changes to 1 (one) in several zones.

Here is a summary of fire prevention restrictions that have changed as of today:

• Chain saws may be used until 1:00 p.m. and after 8:00 p.m. Chain saw users must have an ax, a shovel and an 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the job site, and a fire watch is required for one hour after the saw is shut down.
• Mowing dead or dry grass with power-driven equipment is allowed until 1:00 p.m. and after 8:00 p.m. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
• The cutting, grinding or welding metal is allowed until 1:00 p.m. and after 8:00 p.m. The work site must be cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply must be stationed at the job site.
• Any other equipment using an internal combustion engine may used in wildland areas until 1:00 p.m. and after 8:00 p.m. This includes, but is not limited to, generators, firewood splitters and chippers. During other hours, this equipment should be used only in a cleared area, and have a water supply and shovel close at hand.

In addition, the following public-use restrictions remain in effect:

• Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed in other locations.
• Motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads.
• Smoking while traveling is allowed only in vehicles on improved roads.
• All debris burning, including debris burned in a burn barrel, is prohibited.
• Fireworks use on forestlands is prohibited.
• Electric fence controllers must be approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and be installed and used in compliance with the fence controller’s instructions for firesafe operation.

Information about fire season restrictions on ODF-protected lands is available online at www.swofire.oregon.gov and at ODF Southwest Oregon District unit offices:

• Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd.; (541) 664-3328
• Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr.; (541) 474-3152


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On September 2nd, the Oregon Dept. of Forestry announced the following:

Sept. 2, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - SOUTHWEST OREGON NEWS MEDIA

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Oregon Dept. of Forestry, Southwest Oregon District

Contact: Brian Ballou, Oregon Department of Forestry, 541-664-3328
Kim Hunter, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, 541-247-3636

FIRE RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT THROUGHOUT SW OREGON

MEDFORD, OR - With the coming Labor Day weekend, fire managers in southwest Oregon want to remind all citizens that fire danger remains high to extreme and fire restrictions remain in effect across the region. Even though cooler, moist weather recently visited the region, the warming and drying weather this week will once again create highly combustible conditions on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Restrictions on ODF-protected lands include:

- Open burning is not allowed until fire season ends. This includes piles of debris and burn barrels.
- Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds.
- Smoking in forestland areas is allowed only in an enclosed vehicle on an improved road
- Vehicles are not allowed on unimproved roads
- No open fires of any kind are allowed in the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River

Restrictions on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest include:

- Fires, Smoking, and internal combustion engines - Siskiyou Mountains and Wild Rivers Ranger Districts
- Lower Wild Section of National Wild and Scenic Rogue River
- Illinois River Road - Fires only in Forest Service fire rings, and no unattended vehicles inside road white lines.
- No Camping or Campfires in the Ashland Watershed

For a complete rundown on fire season restrictions, see www.swofire.oregon.gov and www.fs.fed.us/r6/rogue-siskiyou/fire.
[Also see just below here:]


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THE FOLLOWING FIRE PREVENTION REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO BE IN EFFECT 24 HOURS A DAY:

  • Debris burning of any kind is prohibited. This applies to burn barrels or incinerators as well as to slash piles or debris and controlled burns to eliminate grass for fuelbreaks.

  • The use of fireworks on forestlands is prohibited.

  • Commercial operations, such as timber harvesting conducted on forestlands, is required to have fire suppression equipment on the job site at all times. A watchman must also be provided.

• Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels will be allowed in other locations.

• Motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads.


THE FOLLOWING PUBLICLY REGULATED ACTIVITIES ARE NOT ALLOWED BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 1:00 PM AND 8:00 PM:

• Chain saws may not be used between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. During other hours, chain saw users must have an ax, a shovel and an 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the job site, and a fire watch is required for one hour after the saw is shut down.

• Mowing of dead or dry grass with power-driven equipment will not be allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or when equipment is used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

• Cutting, grinding or welding metal will not be allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. These activities will be allowed during other hours provided the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site.

• Smoking while traveling will be allowed only in vehicles on improved roads.

• Electric fence controllers must be approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and be installed and used in compliance with the fence controller’s instructions for fire safe operation.

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August 18, 2010
11:00 a.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST OREGON MEDIA

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
SOUTHWEST OREGON DISTRICT
5286 Table Rock Rd
Central Point, OR 97502

Contact: Ashley Du Brey (541) 621-0681

Ten Fires Found In LightnODF released this news bulletin Wednesday morning following Tuesday evening's thunderstorms:

August 18, 2010 - 11:00 a.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - SOUTHWEST OREGON MEDIA
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - SOUTHWEST OREGON DISTRICT
5286 Table Rock Rd - Central Point, OR 97502
Contact: Ashley Du Brey (541) 621-0681

Ten Fires Found In Lightning Bust

Medford, OR- August, 2010- Yesterday 800 lightning strikes were recorded that resulted in 10 fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands. Engines, helicopters, a dozer and hand crew responded to the lightning activity.

A little over 13 acres were burned due to the lightning bust; however, 11.3 of those acres were from the Anderson Creek Fire, six miles southwest of Talent. The fire is now 100% mopped-up and lined around the perimeter. The remaining fires were all less than .50 acre in size.

Today, reconnaissance flights will be made to detect new fires and all lookouts are staffed. To report a fire, call 9-1-1.

To get fire updates visit our Twitter page at, www.twitter.com/swofire or our blog site at http://swofire.blogspot.com.

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August 17th, 2010 - from the Ashland Daily Tidings, Ashland, OR.:

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts of Jackson County

The following is an exerpt:

"Lightning sparked a number of small grass fires across the valley. U.S. Forest Service crews hustled to various spots to douse the fires.

"Sandberg counted at least 10 down strikes by 4 p.m."

For the complete article, see the online archives of the Ashland Daily Tidings, at:

http://www.dailytidings.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100817/NEWS/8170317

 

 

August 10th, 2010 - from the Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA.:

Fire restrictions in place on the Klamath through November

The following is an exerpt:

"Effective immediately, the Klamath National Forest has applied special fire restrictions on the national forest because of the risk of large fires due to very dry conditions in the forest, a press release announced Tuesday."

"The fire prevention measures will continue through Nov. 1, or until the high fire danger subsides, Klamath National Forest Supervisor Patricia Grantham announced in a news release."

For the complete article, see the online archives of the Siskiyou Daily News, at:

http://www.siskiyoudaily.com/news/x905702239/Fire-restrictions-in-place-on-the-Klamath-through-November.

 

On August 4th, the ODF released an addition to the August 3rd bulletin:


August 4, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - SOUTHWEST OREGON NEWS MEDIA

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - SOUTHWEST OREGON DISTRICT

5286 Table Rock RD - Central Point, OR 97502

Contact: Rick Dryer, Grants Pass Unit Forester, (541) 474-3152

FIRE RESTRICTIONS INCREASE IN WILD AND SCENIC SECTION OF ROGUE RIVER

Starting tomorrow, Aug. 5, all open fires, including charcoal fires, will not be allowed in the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River between Grave Creek and Marial. Only portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels may be used on sand or gravel bars that lie between water and high water marks. These areas must be naturally free of vegetation.

This stretch of river is protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Grants Pass Unit. The fire danger level will be “extreme” (red) on state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management lands in Jackson and Josephine counties starting at 1:00 a.m. Thursday.

In addition, the following fire prevention measures remain in effect in the ODF-protected portion of the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River:

· Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in boats on the water, and on sand or gravel bars that lie between water and high water marks that are free of vegetation.

· A shovel and a one-gallon or larger bucket are required of all travelers.

· Fireworks are prohibited

For further information about fire restrictions in all parts of the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River, contact the Smullin Visitor Center located at the Rand National Historic Site at (541) 479-3735 or your local Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest office.

Information about fire season restrictions on ODF-protected lands is available online at www.swofire.oregon.gov, and at the ODF Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr.; (541) 474-3152.

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Brian Ballou - Fire Prevention Specialist

Oregon Department of Forestry - Southwest Oregon District

Office: (541) 665-0662

bballou@odf.state.or.us

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 August 3, 2010 [Tuesday]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - SOUTHWEST OREGON NEWS MEDIA

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - SOUTHWEST OREGON DISTRICT

5286 Table Rock RD - Central Point, OR 97502

Contact: Greg Alexander, Medford Unit Forester, (541) 664-3328

Rick Dryer, Grants Pass Unit Forester, (541) 474-3152

 

FIRE PREVENTION RESTRICTIONS TIGHTEN ON THURSDAY

The fire danger level on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry rises to “extreme” on Thursday. This affects state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management lands in Jackson and Josephine counties that are protected by ODF’s Southwest Oregon District.

The Industrial Fire Precaution Level remains at level 2 (two).

Starting Thursday, mowing of dead or dry grass with power-driven equipment will not be allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This restriction does not include the mowing of green lawns, or when equipment is used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

Chain saws may not be used between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chain saw users must have an ax, a shovel and an 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the work site, and a fire watch is required for one hour after the saw is shut down.

Any other equipment using an internal combustion engine may not be used in wildland areas between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This includes, but is not limited to, generators, firewood splitters and chippers. During other hours, this equipment should be used only in a cleared area, and have a water supply and shovel close at hand.

The cutting, grinding or welding of metal will not be allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The work site must be cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is required at the job site.

Below is a summary of other fire restrictions that have been in effect since July 15 and will remain in effect:

• Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed in other locations.

• Motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads.

• Smoking while traveling is allowed only in vehicles on improved roads.

• All debris burning, including debris burned in burn barrels, is prohibited.

• Fireworks use on forestlands is prohibited.

• Electric fence controllers must be approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and be installed and used in compliance with the fence controller’s instructions for firesafe operation.

Information about fire season restrictions on ODF-protected lands is available online at www.swofire.oregon.gov, and at ODF Southwest Oregon District unit offices:

• Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd.; (541) 664-3328

• Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr.; (541) 474-3152

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Brian Ballou

Fire Prevention Specialist

Oregon Department of Forestry

Southwest Oregon District

Office: (541) 665-0662

bballou@odf.state.or.us

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July 28, 2010  [WED.]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - SOUTHWEST OREGON NEWS MEDIA
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - SOUTHWEST OREGON DISTRICT
5286 Table Rock RD, Central Point, OR 97502
Contact: Ashley Du Brey, (541) 664-3328

This Saturday, the Medford Airtanker Base is hosting an aerial firefighting open house. The event is free to the public and will remain open from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service will provide an airtanker, planes and helicopters for public viewing. This is a fun way for adults and children to learn what different resources are used during the fire season that help firefighters put out wildfire. Pictures will be available for those who would like a keepsake from the event.

“This is a great way for the community to see the fire-fighting resources used during the fire season,” said Dan Thorpe, ODF district forester. “Aerial firefighting is not something all residents are aware of, and this will be a fun way for them to learn more about what we do.”

The event will be held at the Medford Airtanker Base, located at 600 Nebula Way in Medford. The Airtanker Base is sited at north of the Jackson County International Airport grounds.

The open house will be subject to cancellation due to fire. If you have any questions please call (541) 664-3328, or visit www.swofire.oregon.gov.

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[ODF Information source:]  Brian Ballou - Fire Prevention Specialist
Oregon Department of Forestry - Southwest Oregon District
Office: (541) 665-0662   -   bballou@odf.state.or.us

 

 

On Monday July 26th, 3 PM, the Oregon Dept. of Forestry issued the following bulletin:

 

July 26, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - SOUTHWEST OREGON NEWS MEDIA

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - SOUTHWEST OREGON DISTRICT

5286 Table Rock RD - Central Point, OR 97502

Contact: Greg Alexander, Medford Unit Forester, (541) 664-3328

Rick Dryer, Grants Pass Unit Forester, (541) 474-3152

INDUSTRIAL FIRE PRECAUTION LEVEL RISES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS IN JACKSON AND JOSEPHINE COUNTIES

Increased fire danger on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District has made it necessary to increase the fire prevention measures on industrial operations, such as logging sites and other commercial operations.

Industrial Fire Precaution Level II (two) takes effect at 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 28, and includes the following restrictions:

• The use of fire in any form will be prohibited

• The use of power saws will be prohibited, except at loading sites, between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

• The use of cable yarders will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

• Blasting will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

• Welding or cutting of metal will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Additionally, commercial operators on forestlands are required to have fire suppression equipment on site and provide watchman service.

These regulations affect all state, county, private and Bureau of Land Management lands in Jackson and Josephine counties.

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season regulations, contact the unit office in your area:

• Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. Phone: (541) 664-3328

• Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Drive, Grants Pass. Phone: (541) 474-3152

Southwest Oregon District fire precaution level information is also posted on the World Wide Web at www.swofire.oregon.gov.

Brian Ballou

Fire Prevention Specialist
Oregon Department of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District
Office: (541) 665-0662
bballou@odf.state.or.us

ODF's July 26th bulletin can also be viewed here (as a PDF file).

ODF's Southwest Oregon District information on fire danger can also be directly viewed at: http://www.swofire.oregon.gov/.

 

 

On Tues. July 13th, at 11:00 AM, the Oregon Dept. of Forestry issued the following bulletin:

 

July 13, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - SOUTHWEST OREGON NEWS MEDIA

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - SOUTHWEST OREGON DISTRICT
5286 Table Rock RD - Central Point, OR 97502

Contact: Greg Alexander, Medford Unit Forester, (541) 664-3328
Rick Dryer, Grants Pass Unit Forester, (541) 474-3152

FIRE DANGER LEVEL CLIMBS TO HIGH THURSDAY

The fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties will up a notch on July 15. The fire danger level will be raised to High (yellow) at 1:00 a.m. Thursday, and affects 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management lands protected by ODF’s Southwest Oregon District. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at level 1 (one).

Restrictions currently in effect, and which will remain in effect, include:

• All debris burning, including debris burned in burn barrels, are prohibited.

• Fireworks use on forestlands is prohibited.


These additional fire prevention restrictions go into effect July 15:

• Campfires will be allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels will be allowed in other locations.

• Motorized vehicles will be allowed only on improved roads.

• Chain saws may not be used between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. During other hours, chain saw users must have an ax, a shovel and an 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the job site, and a fire watch is required for one hour after the saw is shut down.

• Mowing of dead or dry grass with power-driven equipment will not be allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or when equipment is used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

• Cutting, grinding or welding metal will not be allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. These activities will be allowed during other hours provided the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site.

• Smoking while traveling will be allowed only in vehicles on improved roads.

• Electric fence controllers must be approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and be installed and used in compliance with the fence controller’s instructions for fire safe operation.

In the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River between Grave Creek and Marial, the following fire prevention restrictions are currently in effect will remain in effect:

• Smoking will be prohibited while traveling, except in boats on the water, and on sand or gravel bars that lie between water and high water marks that are free of vegetation.

• A shovel and a one-gallon or larger bucket are required of all travelers.

• Fireworks are prohibited

Beginning July 15, the following additional restrictions take effect in the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River between Grave Creek and Marial:

• Open fires will be prohibited, including campfires, cooking fires and warming fires. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels, and charcoal fires for cooking and built in raised fire pans, will allowed on sand or gravel bars that lie between water and high water marks which are free of vegetation. Ashes must be hauled out.

For further information about fire restrictions in all parts of the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River, contact the Smullin Visitor Center located at the Rand National Historic Site at (541) 479-3735 or your local Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest office.

Information about fire season restrictions on ODF-protected lands is available online at www.swofire.oregon.gov and at ODF Southwest Oregon District unit offices:

• Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd.; (541) 664-3328

• Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr.; (541) 474-3152

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ODF's July 13th bulletin can also be viewed here
(as a PDF file).

ODF's Southwest Oregon District information on fire danger can also be directly viewed at: http://www.swofire.oregon.gov/.

 

 

The Oregon Department of Forestry issued a bulletin announcing that the 2010 fire season would start on July 1st:


June 25, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST OREGON NEWS MEDIA

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
SOUTHWEST OREGON DISTRICT
5286 Table Rock RD
Central Point, OR 97502

Contact: Greg Alexander, Medford Unit Forester, (541) 664-3328
Rick Dryer, Grants Pass Unit Forester, (541) 474-3152


FIRE SEASON BEGINS JULY 1 ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS IN JACKSON AND JOSEPHINE COUNTIES

Fire season on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Southwest District begins July 1. The fire danger level is currently “low” (green) but will move to “moderate” (blue) next Thursday. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will be 1 (one). This announcement affects state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Fire season is determined by the state forester when vegetation becomes dry and fires become harder to control. In 2009, the district declared fire season on June 19 and it ended Oct. 14.

Fire season restrictions that will go into effect on July 1 are as follows:

• Debris burning will be prohibited.
• The use of fireworks on forestlands will be prohibited.

In the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River between Grave creek and Marial:

• Camp fires must be in fire pans or on a fire blanket that is placed on sand or gravel bars between the river and the high water mark, and only in areas which are naturally free of flammable vegetation.
• Smoking will be permitted on sand and gravel bars between the river and the high water mark, and only in areas naturally free of flammable vegetation, or in boats and rafts while on the river.
• Fireworks are prohibited.
• Travelers must carry a shovel and a minimum of a one-gallon bucket.

Commercial operations, such as timber harvesting conducted on forestlands, will be required to have fire suppression equipment on the job site at all times. A watchman must also be provided.

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season regulations, please contact:

Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. (541) 664-3328

Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr., Grants Pass. (541) 474-3152

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www.swofire.oregon.gov

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Formatted copy attached [linked here] (Acrobat Reader)

 

 

 

 


Fire-related news and summaries for previous years are available from

our Fire Season News Archives page.

 

 

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