Friday, July 8, 2016

Fire Danger Drops to Moderate Today

Light rain overnight has prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District to drop the fire danger level to "Moderate" (blue) today. The fire prevention regulations put into effect on June 30 remain in force. See the Fire Season Regulations page for details. Or, call or visit the Southwest Oregon District's unit offices:

  • Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point, (541) 664-3328.
  • Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr., Merlin, (541) 474-3152.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 5 Pocketcard and Stat Update

We continue to creep upward in fire danger as the warm dry weather persists. Fuels are also drying out and beginning to cure. We are seeing fires get a bit bigger during initial attack and spreading quickly when there is wind. Through the forecast period we can expect the fire danger to slowly move upward, punctuated at the end of the week with a chance of rain. For the latest fire stats and pocketcard please visit the SWO Fire Data website. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Use Care with Fireworks

Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters took action yesterday on two fireworks-caused fires, one east of Cave Junction in Josephine County and one just north of Central Point in Jackson County. Neither fire caused any injuries or damage to any structure. 

Fireworks are part of many families' Independence Day celebration, but care must be taken when using fireworks to ensure they don't kindle a wildfire. Each spark from a firework is extremely hot -- 1500 degrees -- and will cause dry grass to immediately ignite. These hot sparks will also burn skin, hair and clothing. 

When using fireworks, do so on a large, unburnable surface such as a concrete driveway. Have water or a fire extinguisher close at hand. Soak spent fireworks in a bucket of water before disposing of fireworks debris. Supervise children so they may enjoy fireworks without suffering injury to their fingers or eyes. 

If a fire is caused or someone is injured, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Have a safe and fire-free Fourth of July.