455 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, Oregon 97520
Phone: (541) 482-2770
Fax: (541) 488-5318
Contact: Emily Matlock
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Go to the Chief's Page for a message from Interim Fire Chief David Shepherd.
In the event of an emergency up-to-date information will be provided for the public in one or more of the following ways depending on the situation at hand.
1700AM-Ashland's Emergency Radio Frequency
Television, Channel 5 KOBI
Radio, 93.7 FM, KTMT
Homepage of the City's Web site, www.ashland.or.us
Wildfire Information Line 541.552-2490
Roving truck with bullhorn
Volunteers on foot with hand radios
For information on emergency preparedness: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Please call 541-482-2770 to see if you qualify for a burn permit. You need to be located in the City's Wildfire Hazard Zone and burning for wildfire fuels reduction purposes, OR burning State of Oregon listed noxious weeds anywhere within the City limits. If you fit either of those two categories, you can schedule a site inspection for your permit.
Burning is only allowed between March 1st and the beginning of summer fire season and for two weeks after the end of fire season in the fall.
Firewise is a national program created by the National Fire Protection Association that addresses the risks of homes to wildfire in the wildland/urban interface. It encourages local community-based solutions for wildfire safety, with the goal of reducing home ignition due to wildfire. Firewise emphasizes homeowner responsibility and provides the framework for education dissemination, community partnerships, and local actions that support community wildfire safety efforts. Ashland Fire and Rescue is working as a partner with the community to establish Ashland as a nationally recognized Firewise Community.
If nothing is done to change the structures or property, there is nothing that will be required of you from this ordinance. If any of the following changes occur, this ordinance will affect you:
Here's a link to "Requirements for Constructing Structures in the Wildfire Hazard Zone." See 188.8.131.52. For partitions of lots/subdivisions, owners will have to provide and implement a Fire Prevention and Control Plan detailing vegetation/fuels reduction, as appropriate. The link above has information regarding "Requirements for Subdivisions, Performance Standards Developments, or Partitions."
As a new landowner in the WHZ, if nothing is done to change the structures or property, there is nothing that will be required of you from this ordinance. If any of the following changes occur, this ordinance will affect you:
-Increase the square footage of your home build more than 200 square feet OR build a new structure more than 200 square feet and need a permit. If either of these situations apply, you will need to comply with the primary and secondary fuel break standards.
-If you partition or subdivide your property, you will be required to prepare and implement a Fire Prevention and Control Plan which is includes fuels reduction on all parcels.
-If you are replacing 50% or more of the roof, the roof is required be a non-wood, Class A or B fire-rated roofing material.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a roof that is completely “fire proof;” however, with proper assembly of fire-rated materials, homeowners can lessen a fire’s spread and extend the amount of time it takes for a home to ignite. The roof is very vulnerable to fire because it is the largest surface area of your home. The exposed roof can trap embers and easily ignite a home. In a fire vulnerable area, use class A or B roofing materials.
Class A (This is the least combustible roofing material and the highest resistance to fire).
Pressure-treated shakes and shingles
Class C (This is the most combustible roofing material and is much more vulnerable to fire).
Wood shakes and shingles
No, there is not a fee associated with being in the WHZ.
There are two fire stations in Ashland. Fire Station 1 is located at 455 Siskiyou Boulevard and Fire Station 2 is located at 1860 Ashland Street.
No, landowners who are being incorporated into the WHZ will not see a rise in taxes because of the WHZ expansion.
CERT trains residents to prepare their families and neighborhoods to mitigate, respond to and recover from disaster.
Our goal is to strengthen our community and make it more resilient neighborhood by neighborhood.
Our motto is "Neighbors Helping Neighbors."
The typical response between Ashland's two fire stations is divided by East and West of Mountain Avenue. Fire Station 1 responds West of Mountain, and Fire Station 2 responds East of Mountain.
For response information regarding your particular address please call Ashland Fire & Rescue's business office at 541-482-2770
It is recommended that the Wildfire Hazard Zone (WHZ) be increased to include all of the City of Ashland. Doing so will enhance several elements of the fire safety strategy of the city. The City will be able to regulate roof coverings to those appropriate for a community adjacent to and containing wildland fuels. Currently flammable wood product roof coverings are allowed outside of the WHZ. The City will also be able to regulate landscape profiles for new construction that lend themselves to a low intensity fire behavior with far less spread potential. Currently vegetation that produces severe fire behavior and spread such as juniper, cypress, blackberries, and arborvitae are allowed unrestricted outside of the WHZ. Both roof coverings and hazardous landscape fuels were a major factor in the destruction of 11 homes in the 2010 Oak Knoll fire. Properties in wildfire zones are often the only ones that qualify for hazardous fuel mitigation grants that are developed. Expanding the WHZ would allow more properties to apply for grant funds to help with fuels reduction and creating defensible spaces.