Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rain Reduces Fire Danger Level

[ Update Sept. 26 5:54 p.m.: The public regulated use fire danger level has been lowered to "Moderate" (blue) for at least the next few days. This applies to ODF-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties. ]

Cool and wet weather across southwest Oregon reduced wildfire danger on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District. The public regulated use fire danger level dropped to “high” (yellow) today. Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) 1 (one) also took effect this morning.

All restrictions on power equipment use by the public have been suspended. The restrictions on campfire use outside of designated campgrounds and driving motorized vehicles off improved roads have also been suspended. However, pile burning and burn barrel use will not be allowed. Fire season remains in effect in southwest Oregon.

Fire prevention regulations may change in a few days if dry weather conditions return.

These regulations affect 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management lands in Jackson and Josephine counties.

The following public fire prevention regulations remain in effect:
  • No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels;
  • No fireworks use on forestlands;
  • Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited;
  • Smoking while traveling is allowed only in enclosed vehicles on improved roads;
  • Electric fence controllers must be approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and be installed and used in compliance with the fence controller’s instructions for fire safe operation.
Under IFPL 1:
  • Loggers and other industrial operators must have fire suppression tools at the job site;
  • Watchman service must be provided.
Information about fire season restrictions on ODF-protected lands is available 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