ALERT: Fire danger rises to Moderate (blue) at 12:01 am this Wednesday, June 19th. Additional restrictions that will go into effect include a curfew on the use of potentially spark-emitting equipment between the hours of 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm. See ODF's 6/17/19 news release (pdf) for details.
We are in fire season as of Sat. June 1st, declared in effect by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry. Fire Danger is Low (green). Open burning, fireworks, exploding targets and tracer ammunition, and non-approved electric fence controllers are entirely prohibited.
ODF's 5/30/19 news release states that:
"Fire Season on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Southwest Oregon District begins Saturday, June 1, at 12:01 a.m. The fire danger level will be “Low” (green) and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will be 1 (one). Lands affected by this declaration include state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.
"The recent weather patterns are changing from frequent rain to more sun exposure, and thunderstorm potentials have been predicted this week. Due to the weather outlook and current conditions, Fire Season is being declared.
"Beginning Saturday, the burning of debris piles and the use of burn barrels for burning debris will no longer be allowed in Jackson and Josephine counties. Over the past couple of weeks, our crews have responded to multiple debris burns that have escaped; landowners are encouraged to check their previously burned piles from this spring and confirm that they have been extinguished.
"Other Fire Season restrictions include prohibiting the use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition. This year, when we enter Low Fire Danger on Saturday, additional public use restrictions will take effect that prohibit the use of fireworks on or within a 1/8 of a mile of forestlands or the use of non-approved electric fence controller. Other activities such as the mowing of dry grass or the use of motorized power equipment will be regulated using the Fire Danger level as defined in the Regulated Use Proclamation, and allowed anytime while the District is in Low Fire Danger level.
"For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Fire Season regulations, 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.
Public Information Officer
Oregon Department of Forestry
C (541) 646-4728"
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.
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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.