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Fire Danger Level Jumps to Moderate on Wednesday

The fire danger level in the City of Ashland will increase to “moderate” (blue) on Wednesday, June 21 at 12:01 a.m. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (contractors) will remain at Level I (one).
 
The following restrictions remain in effect:
  • 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.
  • 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.
 
The following general public fire safety restrictions begin Wednesday at 12:01 a.m.,
  • Smoking while traveling will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and other specifically designated locations; 
  • Chain saws may not be used between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. During hours outside of this time frame, chain saws may be used but require that the operator have one shovel and one 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the work site. A fire watch is also required for one hour after each chainsaw use;
  • Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. These activities will be allowed during hours outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site;
  • The mowing of dead or dried grass with power-driven equipment is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops;
  • Motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, will be allowed only on improved roads free of flammable vegetation. One shovel and one gallon of water, or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher, is required while traveling.
  • Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine use not specifically mentioned is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. Use of any spark-emitting internal combustion engine is allowed outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site;
  • Any 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.  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.
 
   
Additional safety 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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