Southwest Oregon is increasing the fire danger to EXTREME and the Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPLs) to three, effective 12:01 a.m. July 29, 2023.
According to the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) the lack of precipitation and several heat waves are having an impact on both live and dead fuel moistures. The region is entering the summer season 20-30% below normal for precipitation. Temperatures are expected to be warm and dry into the foreseeable future. As a result, the fire danger is increasing from very high to extreme and the Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPLs)
is increasing from two to three.
What Does this mean for you?
- City operations such as tree cutting, in areas of dry vegetation, need a permit from Ashland Fire
- Local contractors can apply for a permit from Ashland Fire as well
- Some areas also require a permit from ODF
- Regulations only apply in areas of dry vegetation. There is no ban on doing work in an irrigated landscape
- Activities banned include cutting or grinding metal etc. If in doubt, get a permit
Notifications on evacuation routes and zones during extreme fire danger:
- Evacuations are a reality where we live, have yours and your family member’s go kits prepared and ready to grab. See ashland.or.us/GetReady
- Review the City’s evacuation zone map, find your address and other places you frequently go in town and learn those zones too
- Practice your evacuation. If normal routes are congested due to construction, now is the time to learn a second route. If routes are blocked, look for wide open spaces that could provide temporary refuge in an emergency
- Last and certainly not least, sign up for alerts. Be proactive, create your Citizen Alert/Everbridge account (Nixle has been replaced with Citizen Alert and you are strongly encouraged to create a new account). Alerts are one easy way to keep informed on whether evacuations are necessary in your community
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Released July 28, 2023