Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fire Danger Level Rises to High on June 16

The fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties will increase on Monday, June 16. The public regulated use fire danger level will be raised to “high” (yellow) but the Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at level 1 (one).
These regulations affect 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management lands protected by ODF’s Southwest Oregon District.
Public regulated use restrictions that will take effect on Monday include:
  • 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, will be prohibited;
  • Campfires will be allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels will be allowed in other locations;
  • Motorized vehicles will be allowed only on improved roads;
  • Chain saws may not be used between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. During other hours, chain saw users must have an ax, a shovel and an 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the job site, and a fire watch is required for one hour after the saw is shut down;
  • Mowing of dead or dry grass with power-driven equipment will not be allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops;
  • Cutting, grinding or welding metal will not be allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. These activities will be allowed during other hours provided the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site;
  • Smoking while traveling will be 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.
In the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River between Grave Creek and Marial, the following fire prevention restrictions will also go into effect on June 16:
  • Smoking will be 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;
  • All travelers will be required to carry one shovel and a one-gallon or larger bucket;
  • Use of fireworks will be prohibited;
  • Open fires will be prohibited, including campfires, cooking fires and warming fires.  Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels, and charcoal fires for cooking and built in raised fire pans will be allowed on sand or gravel bars that lie between water and high water marks that are 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.
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

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Brown Haze Over SW Oregon

The sky in southwest Oregon is hazy today due to smoke from the Two Bulls Fire near Bend. The prevailing wind is from the north and the fire, which has burned more than 6,000 acres since Saturday afternoon, has generated quite a lot of smoke.

For information about the Two Bulls Fire, see the following sites: