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Fire Danger Level Decreases to LOW effective 10/6/2021

 
News Release
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
 
DATE:            October 6, 2021
 
CONTACT:    Chris Chambers, Forest Division Chief
                        541.552.2066 or 541.890.8816
 ___________________________________________________________________________
Fire Danger Level decreases to LOW October 6th, 2021
 
The fire danger level in the City of Ashland will decrease to “low” (green) effective immediately, October 6th, 2021.
 
The following public use 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.
 The following public use fire safety restrictions will remain in effect:
 
  • No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels.
  • No fireworks on or within 1/8 of a mile of forestlands.
  • Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited.
  • Smoking while traveling will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and other specifically designated locations.
  • 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.
 
The industrial fire precaution level (IFPL) will remain at I (one). Under IFPL I (one) – fire season requirements are in effect. In addition to the following:
  • A Firewatch is required at this and all higher levels unless otherwise waived.

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Fire Season regulations, please call or visit the Southwest Oregon District unit office nearest to you:
 
Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point – (541) 664-3328
Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr., Grants Pass – (541) 474-3152
 
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 information can be obtained as follows:
 
  • Check our website  www.ashland.or.us/fireseason
  • Ashland Firewisewww.ashlandfirewise.org
  • Ashland Emergency Alerts – Sign up for Nixle for immediate community alerts and updates during emergencies like wildfires, evacuations, and smoke at ashland.or.us/nixle
  • 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.
 
Regional fire information can be found at the ODF website: www.swofire.com
 

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