FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
DATE: August 1st, 2022
CONTACT: Chris Chambers, Wildfire Division Chief
Fire Danger Increases to Extreme on August 2nd, Public Shutdown Begins
The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District and City of Ashland will increase fire danger to Extreme (Red) on Tuesday August 2nd, at 12:01 a.m. In areas of dry vegetation, all gas-powered machinery, mowing, and welding is banned at all times of the day unless under a permit.
Work in green, irrigated landscapes is allowed at any time. Please do not call to report normal yard maintenance in irrigated landscapes.
EXTREME Fire Danger Restrictions for City of Ashland
- Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited in Declared Fire Season
- Outdoor Fire Pits and Appliances are prohibited. Propane appliances and BBQs are allowed at private residences, but public areas may be closed by Ashland Parks and Recreation.
- Fireworks are prohibited throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
- Sky Lanterns are prohibited throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
EXTREME Fire Danger Restrictions for City of Ashland (in areas of dry vegetation only)
- Gas powered saws are banned at all times of the day in areas of dry vegetation.
- Equipment used for the cutting, grinding, or welding of metal is banned.
- The mowing of dry, cured grass with gas-powered equipment is banned. 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 at any time in areas of dry vegetation.
- 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 is required to be carried in vehicles that travel off 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.
What is NOT covered by these restrictions?
- Electric powered machinery such as weed whackers and electric saws
- Any work (gas powered machinery included) in a green and irrigated landscape is allowed at any time during fire season.
- CLEAN all debris from your roof and gutter. If you can’t do this safely, hire someone.
- RAKE away anything flammable including all bark mulch within 5 feet from your home, including fences, decks, and outbuildings.
- MAKE your address clearly visible to first responders.
- Remove flammable bushes and small trees within 30 feet of your home and outbuildings.
Are you ready to evacuate your home today? Ashland follows the state and national evacuation protocol called READY, SET, GO! (Level 1, 2, and 3)
- Create an evacuation plan for your household. Make a list of your priorities.
- Sign up for Nixle emergency notifications from the City of Ashland. This is how we’ll notify you to be ready and when to evacuate. Notifications can arrive via text, phone, and email.
- Have an idea where you’d shelter overnight (friends who don’t live in Ashland, hotel, or camping). Public shelters may be available depending on capacity.
- Have essential files easy to grab and copies saved elsewhere. Update insurance policies and catalog your belongings, which can be done via video and uploaded to cloud-based storage.
Additional information can be obtained as follows:
Regional fire information can be found at the ODF website: www.swofire.com and