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Fire Season Starts MAY 12th, Prepare Now!

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District and City of Ashland will start fire season on Wednesday, May 12th, at 12:01 a.m. The fire danger level will be LOW (green). Now is the time to prepare your home and get ready for evacuations.
Open burning on all lands protected by ODF in Jackson and Josephine counties and throughout the City of Ashland will be prohibited. Controlled burning is suspended above Ashland until fall, so if you see smoke, please call 911 to report it immediately.
The following restrictions will be in effect throughout the City of Ashland as Fire Season starts:
  • Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited
The following fire restrictions are in effect throughout the City of Ashland at all times of the year:
  • Fireworks are prohibited throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
  • Sky Lanterns are prohibited throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
  • Campfires are prohibited except Lithia Park’s designated campfire rings and in commercially designed wood-burning outdoor fireplaces during periods of low and moderate fire danger. Outdoor fireplaces are banned during High and Extreme fire danger. Gas stoves are allowed.
Find the most current fire danger and restrictions at or by contacting Ashland Fire & Rescue at 541-482-2770. Further restrictions will be posted on the use of power machinery (gas only!) as they become necessary. 
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 signing up for emergency alerts, 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
Additional information can be obtained as follows:
  • Ashland Emergency Alerts – Sign up for Nixle for immediate community alerts and updates during emergencies like wildfires, evacuations, and smoke at
  • 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:

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