Fire season starts today on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District. This declaration affects 1.8 million acres of private, state, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forestland in Jackson and Josephine counties.
The public regulated use fire danger level on these lands is "moderate" (blue) and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level is 1 (one).
Open burning season has ended and will not resume until fire season ends. This restriction applies to burn piles, burn barrels, incinerators and similar devices. Also, fireworks are not allowed on forestlands.
Additionally, the following restrictions are in effect in the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River between Graves Creek and Marial:
- Campfires 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 is 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.
Industrial operations on forestlands must have fire tools and a water source on the work site, and watchman service must be provided.
Further details on fire season regulations on the Southwest Oregon District are posted at www.swofire.oregon.gov.
To review the regulated use proclamations and the state forester's declaration of fire season, see ODF's closures web page. For further information, contact ODF's Medford Unit or the Grants Pass Unit.