FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
DATE: October 9th, 2020
CONTACT: Chris Chambers, Wildfire Division Chief
541.552.2066 or 541.890.8816
Fire Danger Level Decreases to High effective immediately
Friday October 9th, 2020 in the City of Ashland:
Gas Powered Equipment Use Restrictions are slightly relaxed
The fire danger level in the City of Ashland decreased to “high” (yellow) on Friday October 9th, 2020 effective immediately.
The following public use restrictions remain in effect:
Outdoor Debris Burning and Backyard Fires are Prohibited – All
outdoor, wood fueled fires are still prohibited during high and extreme fire danger. This includes fire pans, chimineas, and any outdoor fireplace or appliance.
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 will remain in effect:
Restrictions on the public use of chain saws, brush cutters and other power-driven or spark-emitting machinery are being slightly relaxed, allowing the use of equipment until 10:00 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
Other fire prevention regulations which will remain in effect, include:
- No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels.
- No fireworks at any time of the year
- Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited.
- Motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads; one shovel and one gallon of water, or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher, is required while traveling.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 gas power-driven equipment (mowers, weed trimmers) 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.
- 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 ashland.or.us/evacuation.
Additional information can be obtained as follows:
Check our website www.ashland.or.us/fireseason
- Ashland Firewise – www.ashlandfirewise.org
- Ashland Emergency Alerts – Sign up for Nixle for immediate community alerts and updates during emergencies like wildfires, evacuations, and smoke at ashland.or.us/nixle
- 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