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UPDATED Aug 16 - Excess heat and fire danger in Ashland

Extreme Heat UPDATE on August 16, 2023 
UPDATE on August 14, 2023:
UPDATE on August 12, 2023: 

Due to the coming hot weather, the City of Ashland is activating cooling centers on the following dates, times and locations, please read carefully:

SUNDAY, Aug 13, *1-8PM at the Ashland Public Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland, OR 97520.

MONDAY, Aug 14, *1-8PM at 1165 Clarke Ave, Ashland Calvin Hall at the Presbyterian Church.

TUESDAY, Aug 15, *1-8PM at 1165 Clarke Ave, Ashland Calvin Hall at the Presbyterian Church.

WEDNESDAY, Aug 16, *1-8PM at 1165 Clarke Ave, Ashland Calvin Hall at the Presbyterian Church.

More Cooling Centers may be activated after Wednesday if temperatures remain above thresholds.

THURSDAY, Aug 17, *1-8PM at 1165 Clarke Ave, Ashland Calvin Hall at the Presbyterian Church. The Cooling Center will NOT be available on Aug 17. 

* Hours: from 1 to 8PM. The cooling center will be open during these hours as long as volunteers can staff it. If volunteers are unable to staff the center hours may need to be adjusted.

Opt-in to receive specific Everbridge Citizen Alert messages for when and where centers and shelters will be available in or around Ashland, please text 97520SHELTER (subject field) to 888777 (recipient field). 

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Ashland in effect from Sunday, August 13, 1 p.m. through Thursday, August 17, 11 p.m.  During this time, the Oregon Health Authority urges folks to take precautions:
  • Drink more water than usual and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink
  • Learn about how any medications you take affects your body's ability to regulate temperature
  • Check on a friend or neighbor, and have someone do the same for you
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates regularly
  • Avoid use of the stove or oven to cook--- it will make you and your house hotter
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down
  • Seek medical care immediately if you or someone you know experiences symptoms of heat-related illness 
Additional information on the Oregon Health Authority website.

The City of Ashland has activated a cooling center in coordination with the Jackson County Library, for Sunday, August 13, 1 to 8 p.m., provided volunteers are available to staff the center. The center will be in the Ashland Public Library, located at 410 Siskiyou Boulevard.
The cooling center is a no-frills shelter and will provide a cool, quiet, safe space for people needing to get out of the heat. Access to cool water and bathrooms will be available. Only quiet, well-behaved pets will be allowed.

Want to be more connected to when Cooling Centers are activated in Ashland? Do the following, and tell your friends, text 97520SHELTER (subject field) to 888777 (recipient field). This way you'll be opted in on any text messages regarding centers or shelters in and around the Ashland area.

On extreme heat days in Ashland, when an official City of Ashland Cooling Shelter is not available, please consider the following options to help stay cool: 
  • The Ashland Library, located at 410 Siskiyou Blvd, has general availability for escaping the heat and cooling off. The library is open on the following days and times…
    • Mon-Thu, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Fri, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Sat-Sun, Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Find respite in one of 19 parks in the City of Ashland
In Hunter Park, the Daniel Meyer Memorial Pool is open Tuesday through Sunday. Complete information at In Lithia Park, the Swim Reservoir is both open. In addition, the Splash Pad at Garfield Park is open seven (7) days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Most developed parks have functional water fountains, with the exception of Briscoe and Scenic Park. For information on the City of Ashland and APRC visit

On July 29, 2023, the fire danger in southwest Oregon increased to extreme and the Industrial Fire Precaution Levels to three. What does the extreme fire danger 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 (Oregon Department of Forestry)
  • 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  
  • 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 Everbridge Citizen Alert 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
 “We are better together!” Be prepared for an emergency by visiting - and create an account with Everbridge Citizen Alert for emergency notifications and advisories. REGISTER TODAY! 

Released August 11, 2023 

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