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Fire Danger Level Drops to High on September 13th

Fire Danger Level Drops to HIGH on September 13th: 
Limited Public Use Allowed until 10 a.m.

 
The fire danger level in the City of Ashland is now “HIGH” (Yellow) as of Thursday, September 13th.

Restrictions on the public use of chainsaws, brush cutters, welding or grinding of metal, and other gas power-driven or spark-emitting machinery are being slightly relaxed, allowing the use of equipment until 10:00 a.m. and after 8 p.m. each day with proper precautions in place. Public or contractors must have fire suppression equipment on hand, which includes a shovel, water source, and a means of calling 911. There are no restrictions in irrigated, green landscapes

The following public use restrictions remain in effect at all times:

  • Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited - The fire rings in Lithia Park and any privately operated raised outdoor wood-burning appliances are NOT permitted to be used at this time. These are all prohibited during high and extreme fire danger.
  • Fireworks and sky lanterns are prohibited at all times, throughout the year within the City of Ashland. 
  • Smoking is prohibited in areas of dry vegetation, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and in designated locations.
  • Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, may only be used on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except when used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • Any electric fence controller in use shall be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and operated in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
 
Find the most current restrictions at www.ashland.or.us/fireseason or by contacting Ashland Fire & Rescue at 541-482-2770.  Ashland Fire & Rescue asks that all Ashland residents remember the Ready, Set, Go! evacuation levels. Be prepared for the possibility of evacuation at READY or Level 1. Be READY now by preparing an emergency and personal supplies kit, develop an evacuation plan, and become Firewise by removing combustible plants and debris around your home and from the roof. Find more information about Ready, Set, Go! at ashland.or.us/evacuation and sign up for emergency notifications at ashland.or.us/nixle.

 
Additional information can be obtained as follows:
     
  • Wildfire Hotline –  541-552-2490 –provides information on fires currently burning in Ashland and the surrounding area during summer.
 
  • Emergency Broadcast Radio – 1700 AM – provides information on current emergencies affecting the citizens of Ashland.  This low wattage broadcast can only be heard in Ashland.

 
Regional fire information can be found at the ODF website: www.swofire.com

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