Industrial Fire Restrictions Increase; Fire Danger Level Remains at HIGH; Public Fire Restrictions still in effect
The fire danger level in the City of Ashland will remain at “high” (yellow). The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (contractors) will increase to Level II (two) at 12:01am on July 12th.
This is considered a limited shutdown which includes the following restrictions to commercial operations:
- The use of fire in any form will be prohibited
- The use of power saws will be prohibited, except at loading sites, between 1:00pm and 8:00pm
- The use of a feller-buncher with rotary head saws will be prohibited between 1:00pm and 8:00pm
- The use of cable yarders will be prohibited between 1:00pm and 8:00pm
- Blasting will be prohibited between 1:00pm and 8:00pm
- Welding, grinding or curring if metal will be prohibited between 1:00pm and 8:00pm
- Commercial operators on forestlands are required to have fire suppression equipment on sure and provide watchman service.
The following restrictions remain in effect:
- Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited - The fire rings in Lithia Park and raised outdoor wood burning appliances are closed for use. These are prohibited during high and extreme fire danger. Barbeques are still allowed if using briquettes or gas only.
- Fireworks and sky lanterns are prohibited at all times, throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
The following general public
fire safety restrictions remain in effect,
- Smoking while traveling will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and other specifically designated locations;
- 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;
- Motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, will be allowed only on improved roads free of flammable vegetation. One shovel and one gallon of water, or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher, is required while traveling.
- 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;
- 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.
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:
- 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.