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Fire Restrictions Increase Monday, August 4 - Most Equipment is Shutdown

Fire danger remains EXTREME on all lands within the City of Ashland and fire season prevention measures have increased. 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 and within1/8 mile of the wildfire hazard zone within the city of Ashland.

For the general public, the following restrictions will be in effect beginning midnight Monday:
 

  • Chainsaw use is prohibited.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Cutting, grinding or welding of metal is prohibited.

The above restrictions apply throughout the city of Ashland except in irrigated, non-combustible areas more than 1/8 of a mile from the Wildfire Hazard Zone. Wildfire Hazard Zone maps can be viewed at www.ashland.or.us/fire.

The following restrictions remain in effect throughout the City of Ashland:
 

  • Outdoor debris burning is prohibited
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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. Any other spark-emitting machinery not specifically mentioned 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 and clicking on "Opt-In to Citizen Alert."

COMMERCIAL OPERATORS

An Industrial Fire Precaution Level 3 applies to commercial operators only. Commercial operators using equipment throughout the city of Ashland may operate under these rules if they are providing the fire protection equipment specified.

Commercial operations within the wildfire hazard zone (which is subject to Oregon Department of Forestry rules) are required to obtain a Power Driven Machinery Permit from the Oregon Department of Forestry. More information is available at www.swofire.com.

Under the IFPL 3, commercial operators in the city of Ashland and more than 1/8 mile from the Wildfire Hazard Zone, must meet the following:

  • Spark arrester is required on all Internal Combustion Engines
     
  • Factory installed mufflers on vehicles less than 50 cu in displacement
     
  • Enough fire tools on the job for the number of employees but at least 4 tools (Tools must be on-site when operating and during Fire watch)
     
  • 1A10BC (2.5 lb.) fire extinguisher on each non-handheld Internal Combustion Engine
     
  • Handheld Power Equipment must have minimum 8 oz. fire extinguisher and shovel
     
  • No smoking except in a safe area away from flammable vegetation
     
  • Each truck must have a 1A10BC (2.5 lb.) fire extinguisher, shovel, and an axe or pulaski 
     
  • Take immediate action to control and extinguish any fire started in operation area and call 9-1-1
     
  • Fire watch with communication for 3 hours

The following activities are prohibited all day, except as noted:

  • Operation of handheld power equipment, except may operate until 1 PM when operating in conjunction with Mechanized equipment or with a water supply.
     
  • Non-handheld equipment with Internal Combustion Engines, except may operate until 1 PM when on cleared areas.
     
  • Commercial non-agricultural mowing of dry grass unless specifically permitted by Ashland Fire & Rescue.

The following activities are prohibited between 1 & 8 PM.

  • All Power Driven Machinery.
     
  • Vehicle use off-road.

The above restrictions apply throughout the city of Ashland except in irrigated, non-combustible areas more than 1/8 of a mile from the Wildfire Hazard Zone.

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