The City of Ashland is bordered by Jackson County Fire District No. 5, and by areas not receiving structural fire protection. Although the Oregon Department of Forestry provides wildland fire protection in these areas, they do not provide structural protection. Fire suppression response out of district is governed by City Council policy in accordance with State law.
The State Fire Marshal has defined "Undue jeopardy to life and property" as meaning a threat and/or danger to the lives and/or property of persons residing inside the boundaries of the city or district and that the term be applied liberally in allowing Fire Chiefs' to intervene before an actual threat arises.
The City of Ashland is a signatory along with all the other cities and fire protection districts of the Jackson/Josephine County Mutual Aid Agreement. The agreement provides for automatic and/or mutual assistance for structural and wildland protection within fire districts and cities, and for wildland protection in "unprotected" areas outside the boundaries of fire districts or cities. Unprotected areas receive wildfire protection from the Oregon Department of Forestry or federal agencies.
There are various situations which may generate an out of city response. Situations which have been addressed by the City of Ashland in other policies include:
POLICY STATEMENT: It shall be the policy of Ashland Fire & Rescue to not respond to fire emergencies outside of the City limits except under the following conditions:
It shall further be the policy of the City to bill for services provided in unprotected areas in accordance with the Ashland Municipal Code Chapter 15.28.
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