A combination of rain and cooler temperatures across southwest Oregon have made it possible to further ease-off on wildfire 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 “Low” (green) on September 30th, 2017. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) lowers to level 1 (one).
Restrictions on the general public and contractor use of gas-powered machinery are lifted, allowing for use throughout the day.
The following restrictions are still in effect throughout the City of Ashland:
Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited
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.
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.
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 and fall months, find the most current restrictions at www.ashland.or.us/fireseason or by contacting Ashland Fire & Rescue at (541) 482-2770.
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 bottom menu called “Spotlight”. If you do not have a landline, or want to be contacted by text, email, or cell phone, you will not get emergency messages unless you opt-in.