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Fire Danger Today is Low (green).The 2019 fire season has not yet arrived; fire danger is Low (blue). At this time, there are no local burn restrictions within the Colestin-Hilt district.

Once fire season officially begins (declared by the ODF), all open burning and burn barrel burning will be prohibited.

Please observe that if/when local conditions warrant it, open burning may also become prohibited EARLIER THAN THE START OF FIRE SEASON.

To help alleviate any confusion about whether it is safe and permissible to burn, we are working on getting signage to be used in conjunction with our fire danger indicator signs in the district that will say "Burning allowed today" or "Burning prohibited" for use before and after fire season when conditions make it too risky, despite being out of fire season. (We had this problem last year: We were officially out of fire season but it was so dry at times in the fall that there were some very serious fires, both locally and regionally, not to mention Paradise, CA.) Burn-No Burn signage, when used, will be monitored daily along with the fire danger indicators, and current information will continue to be posted here as well.

We do not require burning permits for open burning within our district. However, we do urge residents who plan to engage in outdoor burning to review and follow safe open burning procedures posted here on our website. We would also appreciate a call ahead of when you conduct a burn in order to avoid responding to false alarms.

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 and check back for updates.

For additional information, see:

ODF's Southwest Oregon District web log at (or

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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