& Local Fire Regulations
Updated: Sat., October 15th, 2016
The 2016 fire season is over.
All fire season regulations and public use restrictions have been lifted.
Thank you for helping us to
get through fire season safely and successfully,
MOST RECENT UPDATE:
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry has called the end of the 2016 fire season effective as of 12:00 am Thursday, October 13th. For full details, see below.
PLEASE NOTE: While the CRFD does not require burn permits for outdoor burning, we ask you to use safe burn practices when conducting a burn. To learn more, visit our Slashburning page. Also, in order to avoid false alarms, it is a good idea to let us know of your burn in advance. Thank you, and have a safe fall season.
[The content of ODF's latest news release on Wed. 10/12/16 follows; some text has been bolded here for readability and emphasis:]
October 12, 2016
Oregon Department of Forestry - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Melissa Cano, (541) 613-6313
Oregon Department of Forestry fire officials are officially ending the 2016 fire season on Southwest Oregon District-protected lands Thursday, October 13 at 12:00 a.m.
The conclusion of fire season is a result of cooler temperatures and continued rainfall throughout Jackson and Josephine counties.
The fire prevention regulations put into effect on June 30 will no longer be enforced. This impacts 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management lands in Jackson and Josephine counties.
Although fire season is coming to a close, it does not mean that there is no danger of wildfire. The end of fire season eases restrictions on activities that often can start a fire but does not relieve a person of responsibility for their actions.
Residents need to remember that it is everyone’s responsibility to practice fire prevention protocol. When burning or using any type of fire in the woods or yard, make sure to be in attendance and maintain control of your burn at all times. Clear above and around your burn, with firefighting equipment nearby as a precaution. Residents should contact their local fire department before conducting any burning as restrictions vary among local fire districts.
The firefighters and staff at the Oregon Department of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District would like to thank all partnering agencies,
support staff and the public for their continued cooperation this
For more information, 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)
View ODF's 10/12/16 news release (pdf), "Fire Season Is Ending But Fire Prevention Never Stops."
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:
Thank you for your cooperation and participation in wildfire preparedness, protection and prevention.