FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
DATE: October 12, 2020
CONTACT: Chris Chambers, Wildfire Division Chief
541.552.2066 or 541.890.8816
Fire Danger Level decreases to Moderate October 12th, 2020:
The fire danger level in the City of Ashland will decrease to “moderate” (blue) effective immediately, October 12th, 2020.
Equipment Use Restrictions Remain in Effect
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 prohibited at all times, throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
The following public use fire safety restrictions will remain in effect:
- 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 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 use;
- Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is not allowed 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 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. One shovel and one gallon of water, or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher, is required while traveling.
- Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine use 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 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 www.ashland.or.us/evacuate
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