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Fire Danger Increases to High on June 28th

 
News Release
 
 
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
 
DATE:            June 25, 2021
 
CONTACT:    Katie Gibble , Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator
                       541.552.2231
______________________________________________________________________
 
Fire Danger Increases to HIGH on June 28th, Are You Ready to Evacuate?
 
The fire danger level in the City of Ashland will increase to “high” (yellow) on June 28th at 12:01 a.m. During this time of year, flying embers from a wildfire can ignite homes and vegetation and may cause evacuations. If you see smoke, please call 911.   
 
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:
 
  • CLEAN all debris from your roof and gutter. If you can’t do this safely, hire someone.
  • RAKE away leaves, needles and all bark mulch within 5 feet from your foundation and siding.
  • MAKE your address clearly visible to first responders.
  • Remove flammable branches, wood and dense flammable vegetation from your property, starting close to your home and working your way out.
 
Are you ready to evacuate your home today? You may have hours to evacuate or only minutes to flee. Complete these four high-priority items NOW to prepare to evacuate:  
           
  • Know Your Alerts – sign up for Nixle, Ashland’s alert system, by texting 97520 to 888777 as the recipient or go to ashland.or.us/nixle to sign up with email or an unlisted landline. 1700 AM radio is another source of information. Check that your radio can tune to 1700 AM in Ashland.
  • Know Your Zone – Ashland has TEN evacuation zones. Officials will advise which zones need to evacuate using Nixle. Visit ashland.or.us/evacuate and click Know Your Zone for interactive and printable zone maps.
  • Get Ready – make a Go Kit, have valuable papers and items ready, make a checklist, and practice leaving via all routes out of your zone.
  • Stay Together – It’s vital to only take one (1) vehicle in an evacuation to minimize evacuation gridlock. Keep the gas tank in this vehicle full.
 
Learn more at ashland.or.us/evacuate
 

HIGH Fire Danger Restrictions for City of Ashland
 
  • 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.
 
HIGH Fire Danger Restrictions for City of Ashland (in areas of dry vegetation only)
 
  • 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

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