Fire Danger Level Increases to MODERATE (BLUE)
October 15th 2018 effective at 9 a.m.
Limited Public Use Allowed until 1 p.m.
The recent shift back to higher temperatures in combination with windy conditions are forcing fire restrictions across Southwest Oregon to increase. The fire danger level in the City of Ashland is now increased to “MODERATE” (BLUE) as of Monday, October 15th at 9:00 am.
Restrictions on the public use of chainsaws, brush cutters, welding or grinding of metal, and other gas power-driven or spark-emitting machinery are back in effect and allowed only until 1:00 p.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 restrictions are still in effect throughout the City of Ashland:
- Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited
- Fireworks are prohibited at all times, throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
- Sky Lanterns are prohibited at all times, throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
As a reminder, public fire restrictions which will remain in effect, include:
- No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels.
- No fireworks on forestland.
- Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited.
- Campfires are allowed in designated campgrounds, and on private land with the landowner’s permission. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels may be used as well.
- Motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads; one shovel and one gallon of water, or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher, is required while traveling.
- Smoking while traveling will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and other specifically designated locations.
- Chain saws may not be used between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. During hours outside of this time frame, chain saws may be used but require that the operator have one shovel and one 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the work site. A fire watch is also required for one hour after each chainsaw use.
- Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. These activities will be allowed during hours outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site.
- The mowing of dead or dried grass with power-driven equipment is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
- Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine-use not specifically mentioned is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. Use of any spark-emitting internal combustion engine is allowed outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site.
- Any electric fence controllers must be approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and be installed and used in compliance with the fence controller’s instructions for fire safe operation
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: Check out our website: www.ashland.or.us/fireseason
- Ashland Firewise – www.ashlandfirewise.org
- 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