Fire danger increases to HIGH
on Monday, June 16 on all lands within the City of Ashland. This fire danger increase comes almost three weeks earlier than last year. With the fire danger increase are a number of requirements to aid in the prevention of fires throughout the city.
The City of Ashland applies fire prevention measures throughout the city similar to those of the Oregon Department of Forestry. In addition, Oregon Department of Forestry prevention measures apply on properties in the wildfire hazard zone within the city of Ashland. Also in place is an Industrial Fire Precaution Level I which applies to commercial operators.
The following restrictions continue to be in effect throughout the City of Ashland:
- Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited
- Fireworks are prohibited at all times, throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
- Sky Lanterns are prohibited at all times, throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
- Industrial Forest Operations - Under the IFPL 1, commercial operators on forest lands and throughout the city limits are required to have fire equipment on site and provide a watchman service.
The following restrictions go into effect Monday throughout the City of Ashland and apply to private, non-commercial users:
- Lithia Park campfire rings are closed for use. Barbeques are still open if using briquettes or gas grills.
- Backyard fire pits and pans of any type using wood are not permitted. Barbeques are still allowed if using briquettes or gas only.
- Motorized vehicles are only permitted on improved roads.
- Smoking in areas of combustible vegetation is prohibited except while in a vehicle on an improved road.
- 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.
The following equipment is prohibited between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.:
- Chainsaws use is prohibited. During other hours, chainsaw users are required to have an ax, a shovel and an 8 oz or larger fire extinguisher at the work site and a one-hour fire watch is required after the saw is shutdown. (Electric chainsaws are exempt.)
- Mowing of dead or dry grass and weeds with power driven equipment is prohibited. Mowing of green lawns is permitted at any time, and this restriction does not apply to commercial agricultural purposes. (Electric mowers are exempt from this prohibition.)
- Cutting, grinding or welding metal is prohibited. During other hours, this activity is permitted provided the work site is cleared of combustible vegetation and water supply is available on site.
As fire danger increases throughout the summer months, find the most current restrictions at www.ashland.or.us/fireseason or by contacting Ashland Fire & Rescue at (541) 482-2770.
Additional fire season information can be found at the following locations:
- Wildfire Hotline – (541) 552-2490 –provides information on fires currently burning in Ashland or the surrounding area during summer and prescribed burns at other times of the year.
- Emergency Broadcast Radio – 1700 am – provides information on current emergencies affecting the citizens of Ashland. This low wattage broadcast can only be heard Ashland.
- Citizen Alert – A way for officials to directly notify you of an emergency. Register your contact information by going to www.ashland.or.us and clicking on “Opt-In to Citizen Alert” on the right hand menu.