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The 2018 fire season is officially over. Locally, however, open burning remains prohibited.

The 2018 fire season is officially over.  The Oregon Dept. of Forestry declared the end of the 2018 fire season at 9 AM, Mon., October 29th. The ODF's news release "2018 Fire Season Ends" is posted below.

PLEASE OBSERVE THAT while all fire season restrictions have been lifted regionally (within ODF's Southwest Oregon district), THE COLESTIN RURAL FIRE DISTRICT IS NOT YET ALLOWING OPEN BURNING WITHIN OUR DISTRICT, due to a lack of significant precipitation locally to date. Conditions within our district remain too dry at this time, despite some surface moisture, for open burning of any kind to be considered safe.

This is at the discretion of our Fire Chief, Steve Avgeris, and is in accord with state law, which permits local districts to maintain fire safety regulations beyond those of the ODF as needed. (Minimal regulations set by the ODF must be observed; higher regulations can be set locally, in accordance with local conditions, as deemed necessary by authority of the local fire agency.)

This local fire safety regulation will be lifted once our own district does receive adequate precipitation, as determined by our Fire Chief.


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We do not require burning permits for open burning within our district. However, we do encourage residents who plan to engage in outdoor burning, once it becomes permissible, to review and follow safe open burning procedures posted here on our website.

Also, if you intend to burn more than a small amount of material, we would appreciate a phone call ahead of time in order to avoid wasting time and resources on false alarms, and diverting resources that may be needed for real emergencies. Call us at 541-488-1768 or call Steve directly on his cell phone at 541-821-8339.


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The text of ODF's news release Mon. 10/29/18 "2018 Fire Season Ends" follows (we have bolded some text for readability):


October 29, 2018

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

Contact: Natalie Weber, Public Information Officer
(541) 646-4728 or (541) 664-3328


Fire Season Ends Today, but Fire Prevention Continues

After 151 days of being ramped up and ready to fight wildland fires, the 2018 fire season ends today, Monday, October 29, at 9:00 a.m. on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District. Lands affected by this declaration include state, private, city and county forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Fire season proved to be challenging throughout the District due to high temperatures and, and in particular, a lightning storm that rolled through the area on July 15. The preliminary totals for the season show ODF firefighters tackling 348 wildland fires totaling roughly 50,000 acres. Of those fires, 106 are directly linked to lightning. This total fire count does not even include the number of alarms firefighters responded to related to fire restriction violations, assisting our local partners, and smoke chases throughout Jackson and Josephine Counties.

The termination of fire season removes fire prevention regulations on equipment use and the use of fire for debris burning. This applies to the public and industrial operations on forestlands. However, many structural fire agencies require permits for debris burning; please check with your local fire department to obtain any necessary permits before burning.

This is a great reminder; while fire season is over, fire prevention must continue. Please be vigilant while burning debris making sure that a burn pile is never left unattended. Also, please use caution while using machinery that could produce a spark. Fall weather in Southern Oregon can vary greatly.

While fire season has officially come to a close, we are still here to help. Fire prevention tips and additional information is available online at www.swofire.com, our Facebook page: @ODFSouthwest, or you can call/visit the Southwest Oregon District office nearest to you:

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

Thank you,

Natalie Weber
Public Information Officer
Oregon Department of Forestry
Office: (541) 664-3328
Cell: (541) 646-4728


View ODF's news release Mon. 10/29/18 "2018 Fire Season Ends"
(pdf).


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 and in the bulletin case at our 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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