& Local Fire Regulations
In a News Release on Fri. am Oct. 20th, the Oregon Dept. of Forestry declared the end of the 2017 fire season, effective as of that morning. All fire season restrictions were lifted. Full details follow below.
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The text of ODF's October 20th News Release declaring the end of the 2017 fire season is as follows:
October 20, 2017
Oregon Department of Forestry - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Melissa Cano, Public Information Officer
Fire Season Ends Today, but Fire Prevention Continues
After 138 days of being ramped up and ready to fight wildland fires, the 2017 fire season ends today, Friday, October 20, at 9:00 a.m. on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District. Lands affected by this declaration include state, private, county, city, and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.
Fire season proved to be particularly challenging throughout the
District due to the abundance of abutted lightning storms. The preliminary
totals for the season show ODF firefighters tackling 335 wildland
fires totaling roughly 930 acres. Of those fires, 127 are directly
linked to lightning. This total fire count does not even include the
number of alarms firefighters responded to related to fire restriction
violations, assisting our local partners, and smoke chases throughout
Jackson and Josephine Counties. Overall, 97 percent of all ODF Southwest
fires were held at ten acres or less. We accredit this not only to
our aggressive initial attack and well-trained team, but our countless
partners throughout our region that have helped to make this season
The termination of fire season removes fire prevention regulations on equipment use and the use of fire for debris burning. This applies to the public and industrial operations on forestlands. However, many structural fire agencies require permits for debris burning; please check with your local fire department to obtain any necessary permits before burning.
This is a great reminder; while fire season is over; fire prevention must continue. Please be vigilant while burning debris making sure that a burn pile is never left unattended. Also, please use caution while using machinery that could produce a spark. While there is precipitation throughout our region today, fall weather in southern Oregon varies greatly. Regardless, we are here to help.
Fire prevention tips and additional information is available online at www.swofire.com, our Facebook page: @ODFSouthwest, or you can call/visit the Southwest Oregon District 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
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.
2017 FIRE SEASON SUMMARY:
Fire Season began Sun. June 4th. The Fire Danger Level rose to Moderate on Wed. June 21st. The Fire Danger Level increased to High on Fri. June 30th. Fire Danger increased to Extreme on Mon. July 31st. The Fire Danger level was lowered to High effective Sept. 15th. The fire danger level was again lowered to Moderate (blue) effective Mon. Sept. 18th. The fire danger was further lowered to Low (green) effective Sat. Sept. 30th. Finally, the end of the 2017 fire season was declared by the ODF effective Fri., October 20th.
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.