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CONTACT: Chris Chambers, Wildfire Division Chief
Fire Danger Increases to HIGH on July 17th, Are You Ready to Evacuate?
The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District and City of Ashland will increase fire danger to HIGH (yellow) on Friday, July 17th, at 12:01 a.m. This time of year, flying embers from a wildfire can impact any building in Ashland and cause widespread evacuations.
Is your home and landscape ready for a fire? Are YOU prepared to evacuate with little notice?
Here’s what to do today to get ready for wildfire:
DATE: July 16, 2020
Are you ready to evacuate your home today? Ashland follows the state and national evacuation protocol, READY, SET, GO!
- CLEAN all debris from your roof and gutter. If you can’t do this safely, hire someone.
- RAKE away leaves and all bark mulch within 5 feet from your foundation and siding.
- MAKE your address clearly visible to first responders.
- Remove flammable bushes and small trees within 30 feet of your home and outbuildings
HIGH Fire Danger Restrictions for City of Ashland
- Create an evacuation plan for your household. Make a list of your priorities.
- Sign up for Nixle emergency notifications from the City of Ashland. This is how we’ll notify you to be ready and when to evacuate. Notifications can arrive via text, phone, and email.
- Have an idea where you’d shelter overnight (friends who don’t live in Ashland, hotel, or camping). Public shelters may be available, but limited due to COVID19.
- Have essential files easy to grab and copies saved elsewhere. Update insurance policies and catalog your belongings, which can be done via video.
HIGH Fire Danger Restrictions for City of Ashland (in areas of dry vegetation only)
- Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited in Declared Fire Season
- Outdoor Fire Pits and Appliances are now prohibited. Gas burning is OK.
- Fireworks are prohibited throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
- Sky Lanterns are prohibited throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
- Power saws must be shut down between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Additionally, saw users must have one shovel and one fire extinguisher (8 oz. capacity or greater) at the job site, and a fire watch must take place for one hour after the saw is shut down.
- Equipment used for the cutting, grinding or welding of metal must be conducted in a cleared area, and all work must stop between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. A charged garden hose or a fire extinguisher (2.5 lb. or larger) must be at the job site.
- The mowing of dry, cured grass with power equipment will not be allowed between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This regulation does not apply to farm equipment used for the culture and harvest of crops.
- The use of any other spark-emitting equipment using an internal combustion engine will not be allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. During other hours, this equipment must be used in a cleared area, and a garden hose or fire extinguisher (2.5 lb. or larger) must be at the equipment site.
- Smoking outdoors is allowed only in an enclosed vehicle, in a boat on the water, in irrigated landscapes, or on paved roads.
- Fire-fighting equipment will be required to be carried in vehicles that travel off of state highways, county roads or driveways. This equipment includes one shovel and a one-gallon container of water or a fire extinguisher (2.5 lb. or larger)
- Electric fence controllers must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, be properly grounded, and tested regularly to ensure firesafe operation.
Find the most current fire danger and restrictions at www.ashland.or.us/fireseason
or by contacting Ashland Fire & Rescue at 541-482-2770.
Additional information can be obtained as follows:
Regional fire information can be found at the ODF website: www.swofire.com