Fire Danger Increases to Extreme on
Monday, July 31st
Hot, dry weather will increase fire danger to EXTREME effective on 12:01 a.m., July 31st on all lands within the City of Ashland. The City of Ashland applies fire prevention measures throughout the city similar to those of the Oregon Department of Forestry. Properties within the city limits that also receive fire protection from the Oregon Department of Forestry are also required to follow the Oregon Department of Forestry rules which can be found atwww.swofire.com. An Industrial Fire Precaution Level 3 applies to commercial operators and contractors.
With the increase to Extreme fire danger the public outdoor use of power-driven equipment will be prohibited at all times in areas of dry vegetation:
- Mowing of dead or dry grass and weeds with power driven equipment is prohibited. Mowing of green lawns is permitted at any time, and this restriction does not apply to commercial agricultural purposes. (Electric mowers are exempt from this prohibition.)
- Chainsaws use is prohibited. During other hours, chainsaw users are required to have an ax, a shovel and an 8 oz or larger fire extinguisher at the work site and a one-hour fire watch is required after the saw is shutdown. (Electric chainsaws are exempt.)
- Cutting, grinding or welding metal is prohibited. During other hours, this activity is permitted provided the work site is cleared of combustible vegetation and water supply is available on site.
- The operation of any other spark-emitting machinery not specifically mentioned above is prohibited.
The mowing of irrigated green grass and other work in irrigated landscapes is not restricted.
The following restrictions remain in effect:
- Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited
- 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.
- Industrial Forest Operations - Under the IFPL 3, commercial operators on forest lands and throughout the city limits are required to have fire equipment tools and water on site, provide a one-hour fire watch and end operations at 1 p.m. in areas of dry vegetation.
- Lithia Park campfire rings are closed for use. Barbeques are still open if using briquettes or gas grills.
- Backyard fire pits and pans of any type using wood are not permitted. Barbeques are still allowed if using briquettes or gas only.
- Motorized vehicles are only permitted on improved roads.
- Smoking in areas of combustible vegetation is prohibited except while in a vehicle on an improved road.
- 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.
As fire danger increases throughout the summer months, find the most current restrictions on this site or by contacting Ashland Fire & Rescue at (541) 482-2770. Oregon Department of Forestry fire prevention requirements can be found at www.swofire.com.
Additional fire season information can be found at the following locations:
- Wildfire Hotline – (541) 552-2490 –provides information on fires currently burning in Ashland or the surrounding area during summer and prescribed burns at other times of the year.
- Emergency Broadcast Radio – 1700 AM – provides information on current emergencies affecting the citizens of Ashland. This low wattage broadcast can only be heard Ashland.
- Citizen Alert – A way for officials to directly notify you of an emergency. Register your contact information by going towww.ashland.or.us and clicking on “Opt-In to Citizen Alert” at the bottom of the page.