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Fire Danger Increases to Extreme on Saturday, July 19th

Continuous hot, dry weather increases fire danger to EXTREME effective on July 19th, on all lands within the City of Ashland. The City of Ashland applies fire prevention measures throughout the city similar to those of the Oregon Department of Forestry. In addition, all Oregon Department of Forestry prevention measures apply on properties in the wildfire hazard zone within the city of Ashland. An Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2 applies to commercial operators.
 
The following restrictions will be in effect:
 
·         Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited
·         Fireworks are prohibited at all times, throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
·         Industrial Forest Operations - Under the IFPL 2, commercial operators on forest lands and throughout the city limits are required to have fire equipment on site and provide a watchman service.
 
The primary difference between current fire prevention regulations and those taking effect tomorrow affects power-driven equipment, such as chain saws and mowers. Power-driven equipment will be required to shut down at 10:00 a.m. instead of 1:00 p.m. And users of other power-driven, spark-emitting equipment, such as wood splitters and generators, must also shut down at 10:00 a.m. Equipment use may resume after 8:00 p.m. In all cases, a fire watch of at least one hour should take place after the equipment is shut down.
 
Also, there is a fire prevention regulation being added prohibiting the use of sky lanterns on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
 
 
Here are the details of the adjusted and new regulations taking effect tomorrow:
 
·         Chain saw use will be prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Chain saw use will be permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one 8-ounce or larger fire extinguisher.  In addition, a fire watch will be required at least one hour following the use of each saw.
·         The cutting, grinding and welding of metal will be prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  These activities will be permitted during other hours if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present.
·         The mowing of dry or dead grass with power-driven equipment will be prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This will not apply to the mowing of green lawns, or the use of equipment for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
·         The operation of any other spark-emitting machinery not specifically mentioned above will be prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
·         The use of sky lanterns is prohibited at all times.
 
 
The following fire prevention regulations are currently in effect and will remain in effect until the fire danger level drops significantly:
 
·         Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.
·         Debris burning is prohibited.
·         Burn barrel use is prohibited.
 
·         Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in approved fire rings at designated campgrounds.  In other locations, portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
 
·         Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads or for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops. 
 
·         Use of fireworks is prohibited.
·         Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed be a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and 2) Operated in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions
·         Use of exploding targets is prohibited.
 
·         Use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited.
 
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/fire and clicking on “Opt-In to Citizen Alert” on the left hand menu.

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