ALERT:  Due to multiple recent fires started by illegal burning, the ODF on Sun. 8/4/19 issued the news release reminder "Debris Burning is Prohibited: ODF Crews Respond to Illegal Debris Burns." The text is reproduced below.



 

We are in fire season as of Sat. June 1st, declared in effect by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry.

Fire Danger Level: Extreme (red)Fire danger is EXTREME (RED) as of Mon. August 5th.

A 24/7 total shutdown on the use of all potentially spark-emitting equipment is now in effect.

NOTE: THESE RESTRICTIONS HAVE NOT BEEN LIFTED DESPITE RECENT RAIN.

The IFPL (Industrial) remains at Level 2 (since July 8th).

The text of ODF's Sat. 8/3/19 news release follows (some text has been bolded for readability):


August 3, 2019    -    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oregon Department of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District
5286 Table Rock Rd.
Central Point, OR  97502
(541) 664-3328


Fire Danger Level Increases to Extreme on ODF-Protected Lands

The fire danger level on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in Jackson and Josephine counties rises to “extreme” (red) at 12:01 a.m. Monday, August 5, 2019. This affects 1.8 million acres of state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management lands within ODF’s Southwest Oregon District.

The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will remain at Level 2 (two).

The primary difference between current fire prevention restrictions and those beginning Monday affects the public use of power-driven equipment, such as chain saws and mowers, to name a few. The use of power-driven equipment, grinding, cutting of metal, and other spark-emitting equipment, such as wood splitters and generators, will be prohibited.

Here are the details of the adjusted fire restrictions taking effect on August 5:

bullet point  The use of power saws is prohibited.

bullet point  The cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.

bullet point  The mowing of dry or dead grass is prohibited.

bullet point  The operation of any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine not specifically mentioned above is prohibited.

The following fire prevention regulations are currently in effect and will remain in effect until the fire danger level drops significantly:

bullet point  Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and designated locations.

bullet point  Debris burning, including burn barrels, is prohibited.

bullet point  Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in approved fire rings at designated campgrounds. In other locations, portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

bullet point  Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, may only be used on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except when used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

bullet point  Fireworks are prohibited on or within 1/8 of a mile of forestland.

bullet point  Any electric fence controller in use shall be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and operated in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

bullet point  The use of exploding targets is prohibited.

bullet point  The use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited.

bullet point  Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher. All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher.

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season restrictions, visit our Facebook page for ODF Southwest Oregon District at www.facebook.com/ODFSouthwest/.

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Here is the text of ODF's Sun. 8/4/19 news release reminder "Debris Burning is Prohibited: ODF Crews Respond to Illegal Debris Burns":


August 4, 2019    -    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oregon Department of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District
5286 Table Rock Rd. Central Point, OR 97502
(541) 664-3328


ODF Crews Respond to Illegal Debris Burns

Firefighters on the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District have had a busy week; crews have been dedicated to two large fires in the District, while simultaneously responding to multiple small fires that were caught and contained early. While we are prepared to handle multiple incidents at once, we appreciate help from the public to mitigate potential fires and associated risks.

However, multiple prohibited debris burns in the past couple months have been called into our dispatch centers, and firefighters have been required to respond to these rural addresses, educate the landowner, and extinguish the pile. Since Fire Season began on June 1, crews have issued 46 warnings and one citation related to debris burns or burn barrels. Not only is this activity currently illegal, it takes away firefighting resources we have from an active incident, some that are currently threatening homes.

As of Monday, August 5, 2019, lands protected by ODF in Jackson and Josephine Counties will be in Extreme Fire Danger (red). With this distinction comes a highly increased risk for fires to start and spread quickly. As a reminder, the following public use restrictions are in place:

bullet point  Debris burning is prohibited. This includes burn barrels.

bullet point  Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and designated locations.

bullet point  Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in approved fire rings at designated campgrounds. In other locations, portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

bullet point  Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, may only be used on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except when used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

bullet point  Fireworks are prohibited on or within 1/8 of a mile of forestland.

bullet point  Any electric fence controller in use shall be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and operated in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

bullet point  The use of exploding targets is prohibited.

bullet point  The use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited.

bullet point  Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher. All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher.

Additionally, the following restrictions will go into effect on Monday, August 5:

bullet point  The use of power saws is prohibited.

bullet point  The cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.

bullet point  The mowing of dry or dead grass is prohibited.

bullet point  The operation of any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine not specifically mentioned above is prohibited.

For more information on current regulations, visit our website, www.swofire.com or our Facebook page, @ODFsouthwest.

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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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