UPDATE: The Oregon Dept. of Forestry lowered the fire danger level to MODERATE (BLUE), effective Mon. am, October 12th. The IFPL (industrial) was also lowered to Level 1 (one).

The public regulated equipment curfew has decreased; any/all equipment capable of producing sparks can now be used up until 1:00 pm, and again after 8:00 pm. Regulated equipment use remains prohibited between 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

Open burning remains entirely prohibited. Other restrictions also remain in effect for now.

Thank you for abiding by these fire safety regulations, so we can get through the rest of the fire season safely.


ODF's Mon. 10-12-20 news release lowering the fire danger level to Moderate:

October 12, 2020

Oregon Department of Forestry     -       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Southwest Oregon District
5286 Table Rock Road
Central Point, OR  97502

Contact: Natalie Weber, Public Information Officer
(541) 664-3328

Fire Danger and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels decrease on lands protected by ODF Southwest Oregon District

A sudden shift in the weather is prompting a decrease in the fire danger level and industrial fire precaution level (IFPL) on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District. While fuels in the region have remained extremely dry into early fall, rain and cooler temperatures over weekend have made it possible to ease-off on some additional fire prevention regulations.

Effective immediately, the fire danger level will be lowered to “moderate” (blue) and the IFPL will decrease to one (1) in Jackson and Josephine counties. The following fire prevention regulations which will remain in effect, include:

No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels.

Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited.

No fireworks on or within 1/8th of a mile of forestlands.

Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. This includes charcoal, cooking and warming fires. (Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed at all times.)

Motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads; one shovel and one gallon of water, or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher, is required while traveling.

Smoking while traveling will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and other specifically designated locations.

Chain saws may not be used between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. During hours outside of this time frame, chain saws may be used but require that the operator have one shovel and one 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the work site. A fire watch is also required for one (1) hour after each chainsaw use.

Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. These activities must be conducted in a cleared area that has a charged garden hose or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher available.

The mowing of dead or dried grass with power-driven equipment is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine-use not specifically mentioned is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. These activities must be conducted in a cleared area that has a charged garden hose or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher available.

Any electric fence controllers must be approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and be installed and used in compliance with the fence controller’s instructions for fire safe operation.

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season public restrictions, please call the Southwest Oregon District unit office nearest to you:

Medford Unit, (541) 664-3328
Grants Pass Unit, (541) 474-3152

Fire season information is also available online at our Facebook page: @ODFSouthwest and our website: www.swofire.com.

Thank you,

Natalie Weber
Public Information Officer
Oregon Department of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District

Facebook | @ODFSouthwest
Twitter | @SWOfire

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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