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Fire Danger Decreased to HIGH

Fire danger decreased to HIGH today, Thursday, September 22 on all lands within the City of Ashland. While the rain may dampen fire danger temporarily, increasing temperatures will create conditions susceptible to wildfires..
 
Ashland Fire & Rescue encourages all citizens to continue to be cautious and aware to prevent fires.
 
While some restrictions have been slightly reduced, there are still a number of requirements to aid in the prevention of fires throughout the city that continue to be in effect. All properties within the City of Ashland are required to follow the prevention measures and restrictions listed in this release. 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 I is in effect which applies to commercial operators.
 
Mowing of dry grass and the use of chainsaws are now permitted during limited hours. The following equipment is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.:
  • 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.)
  • 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.)
  • 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.
 The following restrictions remain 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.
  • 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 restrictions continue to be in effect throughout 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.
 
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. 

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