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2014 Fire Season Begins in City of Ashland on June 2nd

The 2014 Southern Oregon fire season begins on Monday, June 2, just one day earlier than last year.  The fire season declaration by the Oregon Department of Forestry applies to all land within the City of Ashland, as well as all state, county, private, and Bureau of Land Management lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in Jackson and Josephine Counties.  Beginning June 2, fire danger will be moderate (blue).
 
As fire danger increases throughout the summer months, prevention efforts will include fire restrictions.  Find the most current restrictions at www.ashland.or.us/fireseason or by contacting Ashland Fire & Rescue at 482-2770.  The following restrictions are in effect beginning Monday, June 2nd:
 
  • Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited - The barbecue and fire rings in Lithia Park are permitted to be used at this time, but will be restricted as fire danger increases.
  • Fireworks are prohibited at all times, throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
  • Weed Abatement is required to be completed by June 15.
  • Industrial Forest Operations - Under the IFPL 1, commercial operators on or within 1/8 of a mile of Oregon Department of Forestry protected forest lands are required to have fire equipment on site and provide a watchman service. The Wildfire Hazard Zone and lands within 1/8 of a mile are also protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
 
For more information regarding operating on wildfire lands, see the Oregon Department of Forestry website at http://www.swofire.com/
 
Additional information can be obtained as follows:
   
  • Wildfire Hotline – 552-2490 –provides information on fires currently burning in Ashland the surrounding area during summer.
 
  • Emergency Broadcast Radio – 1700 am – provides information on current emergencies affecting the citizens of Ashland.  This low wattage broadcast can only be heard Ashland.
 
There is still time to prepare your home for the event of wildfire.  For information about making your home Firewise, check our website at www.ashlandfirewise.org .
 

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