FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
CONTACT: Chris Chambers, Wildfire Division Chief
Fire Danger Increases to Moderate on June 29th, Restrictions Begin on Gas Powered Machinery
The fire danger level in the City of Ashland will increase to “moderate” (blue) on Saturday, June 23rd at 12:01 a.m. If you see smoke, please call 911.
The following restrictions on activities are now in effect:
DATE: June 29th, 2020
The following restrictions remain in effect throughout the City of Ashland during summer Fire Season:
- Motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads that are free of flammable vegetation.
- Power saws must be shut down between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Additionally, saw users must have one shovel and one fire extinguisher (8 oz. capacity or greater) at the job site, and a fire watch must take place for one hour after the saw is shut down.
- Equipment used for the cutting, grinding or welding of metal must be conducted in a cleared area, and all work must stop between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. A charged garden hose or a fire extinguisher (2.5 lb. or larger) must be at the job site.
- The mowing of dry, cured grass with power equipment will not be allowed between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 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 between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. During other hours, this equipment must be used in a cleared area, and a garden hose or fire extinguisher (2.5 lb. or larger) must be at the equipment site.
- Fire-fighting equipment will be required to be carried in vehicles that travel off of 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).
The following fire restrictions are in effect throughout the City of Ashland at all times of the year:
- All Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited
- Fireworks and sky lanterns are prohibited throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
- Campfires are prohibited except Lithia Park’s designated campfire rings and in commercially designed wood-burning outdoor fireplaces during periods of low and moderate fire danger. Outdoor fireplaces are banned during High and Extreme fire danger. Gas stoves are allowed.
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 signing up for emergency alerts,
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 being READY at ashland.or.us/evacuation
Find the most current fire danger and restrictions at www.ashland.or.us/fireseason
or by contacting Ashland Fire & Rescue at 541-482-2770.
Regional fire season information can be found at the ODF website: www.swofire.com