Fire season is determined by the state forester when vegetation becomes dry and fires become harder to control. In 2009, the district declared fire season on June 19 and it ended Oct. 14.
Fire season restrictions that will go into effect on July 1 are as follows:
- Debris burning will be prohibited.
- The use of fireworks on forestlands will be prohibited.
In the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River between Grave creek and Marial:
- Camp fires must be in fire pans or on a fire blanket that is placed on sand or gravel bars between the river and the high water mark, and only in areas which are naturally free of flammable vegetation.
- Smoking will be permitted on sand and gravel bars between the river and the high water mark, and only in areas naturally free of flammable vegetation, or in boats and rafts while on the river.
- Fireworks are prohibited.
- Travelers must carry a shovel and a minimum of a one-gallon bucket.
Commercial operations, such as timber harvesting conducted on forestlands will be required to:
- Have fire suppression equipment on the job site at all times
- Provide watchman service
- Additionally, all applicable fire prevention requirements of ORS Chapter 477 and OAR Chapter 629 Divisions 41 to 43 must be followed.
For more information, see www.swofire.oregon.gov