Fire Danger Increases to EXTREME on July 31st
Are You Ready to Evacuate?
The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District and City of Ashland will increase fire danger to EXTREME (red) on Friday, July 31st, at 12:01 a.m. This time of year, flying embers from a wildfire can impact any building in Ashland and cause widespread evacuations.
Is your home and landscape fire adapted? Are YOU prepared to evacuate with little notice?
Here’s what to do today to get ready for wildfire:
- CLEAN all debris from your roof and gutter. If you can’t do this safely, hire someone.
- RAKE away leaves and all bark mulch within 5 feet from your foundation and siding.
- MAKE your address clearly visible to first responders.
- Remove flammable bushes and small trees within 30 feet of your home and outbuildings
Are you ready to evacuate your home today? Ashland follows the state and national evacuation protocol, READY, SET, GO!
- Create an evacuation plan for your household. Make a list of your priorities.
- Sign up for Nixle emergency notifications from the City of Ashland. This is how we’ll notify you to be ready and when to evacuate. Notifications can arrive via text, phone, and email.
- Have an idea where you’d shelter overnight (friends who don’t live in Ashland, hotel, or camping). Public shelters may be available, but limited due to COVID19.
- Have essential files easy to grab and copies saved elsewhere. Update insurance policies and catalog your belongings, which can be done via video.
- Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited in Declared Fire Season
- Outdoor Fire Pits and Appliances are now prohibited. Gas burning is OK.
- Fireworks are prohibited throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
- Sky Lanterns are prohibited throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
EXTREME Fire Danger Restrictions for City of Ashland (in areas of dry vegetation only)
- Power saws are not allowed to be used at any time.
- Equipment used for the cutting, grinding or welding of metal may not be used at any time.
- The mowing of dry, cured grass with power equipment may not take place at any time. This regulation does not apply to farm equipment used for the culture and harvest of crops.
- The use of any other spark-emitting equipment using an internal combustion engine is disallowed at any time.
- Fire-fighting equipment will be required to be carried in vehicles that travel off of state highways, county roads or driveways. This equipment includes one shovel and a one-gallon container of water or a fire extinguisher (2.5 lb. or larger).
- Motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles are required to have a 2.5 lb. or larger fire extinguisher.
- Motorized vehicles will be allowed only on improved roads that are free of flammable vegetation. This regulation does not apply to farm vehicles used for the culture and harvest of crops.
- Campfires will be allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels may be used in other locations.
- Smoking is allowed only in an enclosed vehicle, in a boat on the water, or in a cleared area within a campsite.
- Fireworks are not allowed to be used in any wildland or forest area.
- Debris burning is not allowed.
- Tracer ammunition and exploding targets are not to be used except in an approved range that has been cleared of flammable vegetation.
- Electric fence controllers must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, be properly grounded, and tested regularly to ensure firesafe operation.
- The use of gas powered lawn equipment is permitted to be used in 100% green and irrigated landscape ONLY.
- Electric lawn equipment may be used in green and irrigated landscape
Additional information can be obtained as follows: