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Fire Danger Increases to EXTREME

Fire Danger Increases to Extreme Today
Monday, August 15th
 
Continued hot and dry weather has caused the fire danger to increase to EXTREME effective immediately on August 15 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.
 
Properties within the city limits which also receive fire protection from the Oregon Department of Forestry are also required to follow the Oregon Department of Forestry rules which can be found at www.swofire.com. An Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2 applies to commercial operators.
 
With the increase to extreme fire danger the outdoor use of power-driven equipment is not permitted at any time. The following restrictions apply throughout the city of Ashland:
 
  • Chain saw use is prohibited.
  • Mowing of dry grass with power driven equipment is prohibited.
  • Cutting, grinding and welding of metal will be prohibited.
  • The use of any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine equipment is prohibited.
 
Mowing of green lawns is still permitted. The use of electric mowers, electric weed eaters, and electric chainsaws are not restricted.
 
The following restrictions remain in effect:
  • 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 2, commercial operators on forest lands and throughout the city limits are required to have fire equipment on site and provide a watchman service.
  • 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.
 
Find the most current restrictions at www.ashland.or.us/fireseason or by contacting Ashland Fire & Rescue at (541) 482-2770. Oregon Department of Forestry fire prevention requirements can be found at www.swofire.com.
 
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. 

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