The public regulated use fire danger level will go up from "moderate" to "high" on Thursday, July 15. Starting that day, mowing, chain saw use and other spark-making activities (such as the cutting and grinding of metal) will be shut down at 1:00 p.m. Smoking will be restricted to enclosed vehicles, and campfires will be allowed only in designated campgrounds. Vehicles will only be allowed only on improved roads. And, of course, debris burning and fireworks will continue to be prohibited.
The Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at 1.
There will also be changes in the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River between Grave Creek and Marial. Basically, all open fires will be prohibited.
For the gritty details on the new restrictions, see www.swofire.oregon.gov.