The 2018 Southern Oregon fire season begins on Friday, June 1st 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 1st, fire danger will be LOW
To make it simpler for the public and contractors to understand fire season regulations, we are consolidating ALL activities, whether by a contractor or public, under the PUBLIC use restrictions. The IFPL level is meant for logging contractors and ODF does not consider contractors such as builders and excavators under the IFPL, so the City will follow suit starting this year. City of Ashland public fire restrictions are kept current at: www.ashland.or.us/fireseason
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
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 1st:
- Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited - All burn permits are canceled and no more open burning by private citizens will be allowed. The barbecues and fire rings in Lithia Park and raised outdoor wood-burning appliances 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.
Additional information can be obtained as follows:
- Check our website www.ashland.or.us/fireseason
- Ashland Firewise – www.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.