Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fire Danger Drops to High in Wild and Scenic Section of Rogue River

Shorter days, cooler temperatures and some rain have combined to reduce wildfire danger in the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River. The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects the segment of the river corridor between Grave Creek and Marial, and will lower the fire danger in this region to “high” (yellow) on Friday, Sept. 20, at 12:01 a.m.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest lowered the fire danger level yesterday in the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River downstream from Marial.

Starting tomorrow, charcoal fires for cooking may again be used by recreationists as long as the charcoal fire is contained inside of a raised fire pan. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels may be used. In all cases, these devices may only be used on sand or gravel bars that lie between the water and high water marks that are free of vegetation. Ashes from charcoal fires must be hauled out.

No open fires – including camp fires, cooking fires and warming fires -- are allowed in the Wild and Scenic of the Rogue River until the fire danger level drops further.

Additional fire prevention restrictions in the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River include:
  • No smoking 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 are required of all travelers.
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
For further information about fire restrictions in 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.

For more information about wildland fire prevention regulations on state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forestlands, contact your local Oregon Dept. of Forestry unit office:
  • Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd: (541) 664-3328
  • Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr: (541) 474-3152

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