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2017 Fire Season Begins in City of Ashland on Sunday, June 4th

2017 Fire Season Begins in City of Ashland
on Sunday, June 4th
 
The 2017 Southern Oregon fire season begins on Sunday, June 4th at 12:01 a.m. The fire season declaration by the Oregon Department of Forestry applies to all lands within the City of Ashland. Beginning June 4th, fire danger will be LOW (green) with an IFPL 1.
 
As fire season begins, Ashland Fire & Rescue asks that all Ashland residents remember the Ready, Set, Go! evacuation levels. Be prepared for the possibility of evacuation at READY or Level 1. Be READY now by preparing an emergency and personal supplies kit, develop an evacuation plan, and become Firewise by removing combustible plants and debris around your home and from the roof.  Find more information about being READY at www.ashland.or.us/evacuate.
 
Southern Oregon benefited from a robust water year and record snowpack over the winter, which will delay the worst of fire season at higher elevations, but caused grass and brush to grow taller in the valleys where the majority of fire starts occur during the summer.
 
As fire danger increases throughout the summer months, prevention efforts will include more fire restrictions.  Find the most current restrictions at www.ashland.or.us/fireseason or by contacting Ashland Fire & Rescue at 541.482-2770.  The following restrictions remain and/or go into effect beginning June 4th:
  • Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited - The barbecues and fire rings in Lithia Park and raised outdoor wood burning appliances that meet the city requirements are permitted to be used at this time. These are prohibited during high and extreme fire danger. 
  • Fireworks and sky lanterns are prohibited at all times, throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
  • Weed Abatement is required to be completed by June 15.
  • Industrial Forest and Contractor Operations - Under the IFPL 1, commercial forestry and all outdoor contracting operators on or within 1/8 of a mile of Oregon Department of Forestry protected forest lands are required to have fire equipment on site and provide a watchman service. The current Wildfire Hazard Zone inside the city limits is also protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. For more information regarding operating on wildfire lands, see the Oregon Department of Forestry website at www.swofire.com.
 
Additional information:
 
  • Check our website  www.ashland.or.us/fireseason 
  • Ashland Firewisewww.ashlandfirewise.org 
  • Wildfire Hotline – 541.552.2490 –provides information on fires currently burning in Ashland the surrounding area during summer. 
  • Emergency Broadcast Radio – 1700 AM – provides information on current emergencies affecting the citizens of Ashland.  This low wattage broadcast can only be heard in Ashland. 
  • Sign up for Citizen Alert (reverse 911) to get the most up to date information about any emergency situation affecting your area. Citizen Alert can notify you by text, email, and/or phone. Cell phone numbers MUST be entered in the system by citizens themselves. 

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