Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bear Camp and Burnt Ridge Road Closures Continue

Due to continued fire danger and fire traffic associated with the Big Windy Complex, the Bear Camp and Burnt Ridge Roads will remain closed to public use through September 30, 2013:
  • The Bear Camp Road (FS Road 2300), and all spur roads that lead off it, remains closed from the Forest boundary to its terminus at the junction with Forest Service Road 3300 (Agness Road).
  • Burnt Ridge Road (FS Road 2308) remains closed from the junction with FS Road 2300 to the junction with FS Road 3300 (Agness Road).
“We regret limiting public access to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and the Rogue River. However, we must keep public health and safety our priority during this very active fire season. Although the fire activity may be minimal after rain, there is still plenty of potential for active fire behavior as soon as temperatures rise and weather conditions change,” said Deputy Forest Supervisor Tracy Tophooven.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Rain = Change in Public Use Closures: 11am - 8pm shutdown

Rains that dampened the forests floors in Jackson and Josephine Counties have caused the Oregon Dept. of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District to keep the Fire Danger Level at Extreme, but now with an 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. shutdown for some operations.

The following public use restriction changes will be in effect starting Sunday, Aug. 25:
  • Chain saws may not be used between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. During other hours, users must have an ax, shovel and fire extinguisher on-site, and provide a one-hour fire watch after using the saw.
  • The mowing or cutting of dead or dry grass with power-driven equipment will not be allowed between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This restriction does not include the mowing of green lawns, or when equipment is used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • Cutting, grinding or welding metal will not be allowed between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. During other hours, a water supply must be present at the work site and work may proceed only in a cleared area.
  • Any other spark-emitting machinery may not be used between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This includes, but is not limited to, generators, firewood splitters and chippers. During other hours, this equipment should be used only in a cleared area, and have a water supply and shovel close at hand.
  • Tracer ammunition and exploding targets may not be used in wildland areas.
The following public use restrictions remain in effect:
  • All open burning of debris is prohibited. This includes burn barrels.
  • Fireworks are prohibited on forestlands.
  • Camp fires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. This restriction includes charcoal-fired barbecues; however, stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed in other locations.
  • Vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are not allowed on unimproved roads. This restriction does not include vehicles used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • Smoking is allowed only in a vehicle and only while on an improved road.
  • Any electric fence controller in use shall contain a listing from a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and be operated in compliance with manufacturer instruction for firesafe operation.
For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season regulations, contact the unit office in your area:
· Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. Phone: (541) 664-3328
· Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Drive,Grants Pass. Phone: (541) 474-3152

Effective 8/25/13: Industrial Fire Precaution Level II

A recent storm brought rain to the valley floors in Josephine and Jackson Counties and has caused the Oregon Dept. of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District to lower the Industrial Fire Precaution Level to a Level 2 (two) effective Sunday, August 25, 2013. The following restrictions are in place:
·        The use of fire in any form will be prohibited
·        The use of power saws will be prohibited, except at loading sites, between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
·        The use of cable yarders will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
·        Blasting will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
·        Welding or cutting of metal will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Additionally, commercial operators on forestlands are required to have fire suppression equipment on site and provide watchman service.

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season regulations, contact the unit office in your area:
 
·        Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. Phone: (541) 664-3328
·        Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Drive, Grants Pass. Phone: (541) 474-3152