The fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties drops to “moderate” (blue) today, Oct. 3, and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level is 1 (one). Significantly cooler weather and some rainfall have allowed ODF to make these changes.
Here is a summary of the public regulated use restrictions now in effect:
• No open burning of debris, whether in piles or in burn barrels, is allowed;
• Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels will be allowed in other locations.
In the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River between Grave Creek and Marial:
• Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in boats on the water, and on sand or gravel bars that lie between water and high water marks that are free of vegetation;
• A shovel and a one-gallon or larger bucket must be carried by all travelers;
• Fireworks are prohibited;
• Campfires and charcoal fires for cooking are allowed only when built in raised fire pans or on fire blankets, and only on sand or gravel bars that lie between water and high water marks which are naturally free of vegetation. Ashes must be hauled out.
For further information about fire restrictions in other parts of the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River, contact the Smullin Visitor Center located at the Rand National Historic Site at (541) 479-3735, or your local Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest office.
Under Industrial Fire Precaution Level 1 (one), commercial operations, such as timber harvesting conducted on forestlands, are required to have fire suppression equipment on the job site at all times. A watchman must also be provided.
Information about fire season restrictions on ODF-protected lands is available online at www.swofire.oregon.gov and at ODF Southwest Oregon District unit offices:
• Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd: (541) 664-3328
• Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr: (541) 474-3152