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WE ARE IN FIRE SEASON. The 2018 fire season officially started on Friday, June 1st, declared by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry.

Fire Danger Level today is HIGHFire Danger Summary

The fire danger level is HIGH as of 6:00 AM this morning, Thurs. Sept. 13th.

The Oregon Dept. of Forestry announced the change late yesterday afternoon (Wed. 9/12/18).

The 24-hour shutdown on power-driven equipment and other potentially spark-emitting activities has been replaced by a limited curfew: the use of power-driven equipment and other potentially spark-emitting activities is now prohibited from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM.

Equipment use is allowed outside of curfew hours, until 10:00 AM and after 8:00 PM, with a few related fire safety requirements; many other fire danger safety requirements still remain in effect (see below for details).

Power-driven equipment includes chain saws, mowers and weed-trimmers, wood splitters and generators; other potentially spark-emitting activities includes the grinding, cutting and welding of metal.

The IFPL (Industrial Fire Protection Level remains at Level III (three) for now, separate from the reduced public fire danger level.

 


 


Current Regulations - Details (Public and IFPL):


ODF's 9/12/18 bulletin, "Fire Danger Decreases to HIGH Tomorrow," for the public fire danger level, is followed by ODF's bulletin announcing IFPL (Industrial) Level III (three) below:

 

ODF's news release on Wed. 9/12/18 announcing the lowering of the public fire danger level back down to HIGH (yellow) ("Fire Danger Decreases to HIGH Tomorrow") (we have bolded some text for readability):

 

September 12, 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 Danger Level Drops to High Tomorrow

A combination of higher relative humidities and cooler temperatures across southwest Oregon have made it possible to ease-off on some fire prevention regulations. The fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties will be lowered to “high” (yellow) tomorrow, September 13, 2018 at 6:00 a.m. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at a level 3 (three).

These regulations affect 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management lands protected by ODF’s Southwest Oregon District.

Restrictions on the public use of chain saws, brush cutters and other power-driven or spark-emitting machinery are being slightly relaxed, allowing the use of equipment until 10:00 a.m. and after 8 p.m. Today will be the last day power-driven and/or spark-emitting machinery is completely prohibited.

Other fire prevention regulations which will remain in effect, include:

  • No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels.
  • No fireworks on forestlands.
  • Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited.
  • Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels may be used in other locations.
  • Motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads; one shovel and one gallon of water, or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher, is required while traveling.
  • Smoking while traveling will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and other specifically designated locations.
  • Chain saws may not be used between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high fire danger. During hours outside of this time frame, chain saws may be used but require that the operator have one shovel and one 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the work site. A fire watch is also required for one hour after each chainsaw use.
  • Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is not allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high fire danger. These activities will be allowed during hours outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site.
  • The mowing of dead or dried grass with power-driven equipment is not allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high fire danger. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine-use not specifically mentioned is not allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high fire danger. Use of any spark-emitting internal combustion engine is allowed outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site.
  • Any 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.

 

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season public restrictions, please call or visit the Southwest Oregon District unit 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

 

Fire season information is also available online at our Facebook page: @ODFSouthwest and our website: www.swofire.com.

Sent on behalf of Natalie Weber [by Melissa R. Cano / ODF]. For more information, call (541) 646-4728.


View ODF's Wed. 9/12/18 news release "Fire Danger Decreases to HIGH Tomorrow"
(pdf).

 


 


ODF's bulletin announcing the rise of the IFPL (Industrial Fire Protection Level) to Level III (three) on Wed. July 25th
(some text is bolded for readability):

 

July 24, 2018 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oregon Department of Forestry
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, July 25.

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 7/24/18 bulletin announcing the IFPL increase to Level III (three)
("072418 Industrial Fire Precaution Level Rises on ODF-protected Lands").


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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