Fire Season

Fire Danger Level Rises to Moderate
on Wednesday, June 19th in the City of Ashland:
Gas Powered Equipment Use Restrictions Take Effect
 
The fire danger level in the City of Ashland will increase to “moderate” (blue) on Wednesday, June 19th at 12:01 a.m.
 
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 always Prohibited - Throughout the year within the City of Ashland fireworks and sky lanterns are not allowed.
 
The following public use fire safety restrictions begin Saturday at 12:01 a.m.,
 
  • Smoking is not allowed in areas of dry vegetation anywhere within the City;
  • Chain saws and all gas-powered equipment may not be used in areas of dry vegetation between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate 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/gas powered equipment use in dry areas. This regulation does not apply to irrigated landscapes;
  • Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is not allowed in areas of dry vegetation between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate 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 gas power-driven equipment is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate 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.
  • Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine use in areas of dry vegetation not specifically mentioned is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. Use of any spark-emitting internal combustion engine is allowed outside of this time frame may be possible only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation, a permit has been issued by Ashland Fire & Rescue, 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 ashland.or.us/evacuation.
 
Additional information can be obtained as follows:

   
  • Ashland Emergency Alerts - Sign up for community emergency alerts like evacuations at the City's Nixle Alerts website. It's quick and easy to register your mobile phone number to get alerts and community updates. 
 
  • 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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