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Current Fire Danger Level 

&  Local Fire Regulations

Updated: Mon., August 14th, 2017

Season summary:  Fire Season began Sun. June 4th. The Fire Danger Level rose to Moderate on Wed. June 21st. The Fire Danger Level increased to High on Fri. June 30th. Fire Danger increased to Extreme on Mon. July 31st.

ALERT:  THE FIRE DANGER LEVEL IS NOW "EXTREME" AS OF MONDAY, JULY 31ST.

PUBLIC FIRE RESTRICTIONS NOW IN EFFECT INCLUDE A 24-HOUR SHUTDOWN ON THE USE OF ALL REGULATED POWER-DRIVEN EQUIPMENT AND ALL OTHER POTENTIALLY SPARK-EMITTING EQUIPMENT.

Also, Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) III (three) is now in effect, as of Wed., August 2nd.

Details of public fire restrictions are immediately below; IFPL 3 regulations follow.

 

Forest Fire Danger Level is EXTREME

FIRE DANGER IS EXTREME

 

FIRE DANGER IS EXTREME, AS OF 7/31/17.

Here is the text of ODF's 7/28/17 News Release:

 

July 28, 2017

Oregon Department of Forestry - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Southwest Oregon District
5286 Table Rock Rd.
Central Point, OR 97502

Contact: Melissa Cano, Public Information Officer
(541) 613-6313 or (541) 664-3328


Fire Danger Level Increases Monday on ODF-Protected Lands

The fire danger level on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in Jackson and Josephine counties rises to “extreme” (red) at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 31. This affects 1.8 million acres of state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management lands within ODF’s Southwest Oregon District.

The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will remain at Level 2 (two).

The primary difference between current fire prevention restrictions and those beginning Monday affects the public use of power-driven equipment, such as chain saws and mowers, to name a few. The use of power-driven equipment, grinding, cutting of metal, and other spark-emitting equipment, such as wood splitters and generators, will be prohibited.

Here are the details of the adjusted fire prevention regulations taking effect on July 31:

• The use of power saws is prohibited.

• The cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.

• The mowing of dry or dead grass is prohibited.

• The operation of any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine not specifically mentioned above is prohibited.

The following fire prevention regulations are currently in effect and will remain in effect until the fire danger level drops significantly:

• Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and designated locations.

• Debris burning is prohibited.

• Burn barrel use is prohibited.

• Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in approved fire rings at designated campgrounds. In other locations, portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

• Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, may only be used on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except when used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

• Fireworks are prohibited.

• Any electric fence controller in use shall be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and operated in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

• The use of exploding targets is prohibited.

• The use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited.

• Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher. All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher.

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season restrictions, visit our Facebook page: ODF Southwest Oregon District. [@ODFSouthwest and our website: www.swofire.com.]

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Melissa Rae Cano
Public Information Officer
Oregon Department of Forestry
Office: (541) 664-3328
Cell: (541) 613-6313
melissa.r.cano@oregon.gov


View the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's 7/28/17 News Release announcing the fire danger level rise to EXTREME on Mon. 7/31/17 ("Fire Danger Level Increases Monday on ODF-Protected Lands") (pdf).

 


 

IFPL (Industrial Fire Protection Level) Level 3 (Three) is in effect, as of Wed. Aug. 2nd.

Here is the text of ODF's Tues. 8/1/17 news release:

 

August 1, 2017

Oregon Department of Forestry - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Southwest Oregon District
5286 Table Rock Rd.
Central Point, OR 97502

Contact: Melissa Cano, Public Information Officer
(541) 613-6313 or (541) 664-3328

 

Industrial Fire Precaution Level Rises on ODF-Protected Lands Tomorrow

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 (IFPL) III (three) takes effect at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, August 2.

The following are prohibited between 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.:

• Power saws at loading sites;

• Loading or hauling of any product or material;

• Blasting;

• Welding, cutting, or grinding of metal;

• Any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned.

In addition, the following are permitted to operate overnight to the morning, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., where mechanized equipment capable of constructing fire line is immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start:

• Ground-based operations (tractor/skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations);

• Power saws on ground-based operations;

• Rotary head saw feller-bunchers with a continuous Firewatch;

• Non-rotary head saw feller-bunchers;

• Tethered logging - winch-assisted, cable-assisted, traction-assisted, etc. systems, which enable ground-based timber harvesting machines to operate on steep slopes.

This is considered a restricted shutdown and the following activities are not permitted at any time, except as noted:

• Cable yarding systems, except that gravity operated logging systems using non-motorized carriages or approved motorized carriages may operate between 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., when all blocks and moving lines are suspended at least 10 feet above the ground (except the line between the carriage and the chokers).

For the general public, ODF Southwest’s fire restrictions remain in effect and unchanged with a fire danger level of “extreme” (red).

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s public or industrial fire season restrictions, visit our Facebook page: ODF Southwest Oregon District, or our website www.swofire.com.

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Melissa Rae Cano
Public Information Officer
Oregon Department of Forestry
Office: (541) 664-3328
Cell: (541) 613-6313
melissa.r.cano@oregon.gov


View ODF's IFPL 3 8/1/17 News Release ("Industrial Fire Precaution Level Rises on ODF-Protected Lands Tomorrow")(pdf).

 

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MINIMUM fire precaution levels and restrictions are assigned during fire season by the ODF and affect all state, private, county, city and BLM forestlands, including all wildland within the Colestin fire district.

Additional fire precaution restrictions may be assigned by our local District.

Please observe all restrictions and regulations voluntarily; violators will be cited and may be prosecuted if necessary. Also, please report any violators you become aware of.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about regulated activity restrictions, call us at (541) 488-1768, or contact Chief Steve Avgeris directly at: (cell #): (541-821-8339. You can also contact the ODF directly at (541) 664-3328.

Current restrictions and updates are always posted here on our website, and in our bulletin case at the postal kiosk on the Mt. Ashland ski road, at our mini-kiosk next to Fire Station 1 on Colestin Rd. in the middle of the valley, and in the bulletin case at our new kiosk at the south end of the valley.

Bookmark www.crfd.org and check back for updates.

For additional information, see:

ODF's Southwest Oregon District web log at www.swofire.com (or http://oregon.gov/ODF/FIELD/SWO/SWOfire.shtml).

ODF's map of Industrial closures and public regulated use proclamations;

ODF's chart of Industrial closures and public regulated use closures.

Thank you for your cooperation and participation in wildfire preparedness, protection and prevention.




Check our Fire Season & Fire News Archives page for links to yearly logs of previous fire seasons, ODF bulletins and news, and specific fire incident and photo archives.

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