& Local Fire Regulations
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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 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The 24-hour shutdown on power-driven equipment and other potentially spark-emitting activities has been replaced by a limited curfew: the use of power-driven equipment and other potentially spark-emitting activities is now prohibited from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM.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.
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
Contact: Natalie Weber, Public Information Officer
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:
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:
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.
July 24, 2018 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oregon Department of Forestry
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.:
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:
This is considered a restricted shutdown and the following activities are not permitted at any time, except as noted:
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.
Melissa Rae Cano
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:
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.