Thursday, July 14, 2016

Students Learn Fire Effects

ODF Southwest Oregon District's Cohesive Wildfire Strategy Coordinator, John O'Connor, teamed up with Oregon State University - Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center, and Rogue River High School to provide students with a hands-on learning experience.
Students got the chance to visit the 155 acre 2014 Salt Creek Fire scar today near BLM's Elderberry Flats Recreation Area. While at the site, they discussed the forest conditions at the time of the fire and how those conditions influenced the fire's behavior.
In addition, the students challenged themselves by talking about today's forest health and how it will impact the future of wildfires in southern Oregon.
The Rogue River High School students will continue to get out in the field and learn about natural resources from a variety of forestry and firefighting professionals.
You and your family can also take part in wildfire education by getting involved with "Citizen Fire Academy." 
The Citizen Fire Academy (CFA) is a new program designed to educate the public on defensible space, wildfire safety, and Firewise communties.
Check out the details here:http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/cfa

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fire Danger Level Jumps to High Today

The fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties is increasing to "high" (yellow) today, Tuesday, July 12.
The Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at level 1 (one).

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.

Monday, July 11, 2016

New Fire Stats and Pocketcard Now Available

With the cooler weather and precipitation fire danger has retracted greatly over the past week. Through the forecast period we will see this rebound a bit and perhaps come back to normal. Please visit the SWO Fire Data website for the latest pocketcard and stat sheet.