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Fire Danger Level Drops to High on September 15th

A combination of higher relative humidity and cooler temperatures across southwest Oregon have made it possible to ease-off on some fire prevention regulations. The fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties, including the City of Ashland, will be lowered to “High” (yellow) on September 15, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at a level 3 (three). Restrictions on the general public use of chain saws, brush cutters and other power-driven or spark-emitting machinery are being slightly relaxed, allowing the use of equipment until 10:00 a.m. and after 8 p.m.

Fire prevention regulations include:
  • Chain saws may not be used between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high 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 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high 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 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high fire danger. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine-use not specifically mentioned is not allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high 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.
 The following restrictions are still in effect throughout 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 allowed only on improved roads; one shovel and one gallon of water, or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher, is required while traveling on unimproved roads.
  • Smoking while traveling will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and other specifically designated locations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
 
Ashland Fire & Rescue encourages all citizens to BE READY (Level 1) for a possible evacuation. Being Ready means that you are monitoring local media, that you have created defensible space and that your emergency supplies and important documents and belongings are ready to take if necessary.
 
During High fire danger, there are a number of requirements to aid in the prevention of fires throughout the city. All properties within the City of Ashland are required to follow the prevention measures and restrictions listed in this release.
 
As fire danger changes 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. Requests for waivers can also be made by calling this number.
 
Additional fire season information can be found at the following locations:
  • Wildfire Hotline – (541) 552-2490  
  • Emergency Broadcast Radio – 1700 am
  • Citizen Alert (Reverse 911) –Register your contact information by going to www.ashland.or.us and clicking on “Opt-In to Citizen Alert” on the right hand menu. If you do not have a landline, we can’t contact you if you don’t opt-in.
 

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