Fire Season Regulations

Fire season is in effect on lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District. Please take note of the following regulated use and industrial fire prevention regulations and contact one of the field offices if you have questions.

The district protects 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.

The fire danger level is "extreme" (red) and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level is 2 (two) (Note: IFPL 3 (three) goes into effect on Saturday, Aug. 1).

Below are the fire prevention regulations for the general public that are in effect:
  • No debris burning is allowed. This includes burning debris in piles and in burn barrels, and open burning such as ditch burning;
  • No fireworks may be used in wildland or forest areas;
  • No tracer ammunition or exploding targets are allowed in wildland or forest areas;
  • No sky lanterns are allowed in wildland or forest areas;
  • Power-driven machinery must be shut down by 10:00 a.m. The use of power-driven machinery may resume after 8:00 p.m. (Note: Beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, power-driven machinery must not be used on ODF-protected lands.) This regulation applies to:
    • The cutting of tall, dry grass with power-driven equipment. However, it does not apply to mowing a green lawn, or the use of equipment in the commercial culture or harvest of agricultural crops;
    • The use of a chain saw. Users must have an ax, shovel and an 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the equipment-use site, and do a 1-hour fire watch after the saw is shut down;
    • The cutting, grinding or welding of metal. During other hours, the work site must be cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply must be readily available;
    • All other power-driven machinery not mentioned above;
  • Campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using bottled or liquefied fuel may be used in other locations;
  • Motorized vehicles are not allowed on unimproved roads;
  • Smoking while traveling is allowed only inside of an enclosed vehicle;
  • Electric fence controllers must 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:
  • Campfires, including charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, are prohibited. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels, are allowed on sand or gravel bars that lie between water and high water marks that are free of vegetation;
  • Smoking is permitted on sand and gravel bars between the river and the high water mark, and only in areas naturally free of flammable vegetation, or in boats and rafts while on the river;
  • Travelers must carry a shovel and a bucket with a capacity of at least one gallon;
  • No fireworks.
Under Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2:
  • Partial Shutdown: The following activities will not be permitted between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except as noted:
    • Power saws, except at loading sites;
    • Cable yarding;
    • Blasting;
    • The welding or cutting of metal.
  • Fire suppression tools and equipment must on the job site at all times;
  • Watchman service must be provided.
Starting Saturday, Aug. 1, Industrial Fire Precaution Level 3 (Partial Shutdown) takes effect. The following activities are not permitted at any time, except as noted: 
  • Cable yarding systems, except that gravity operated logging systems using non-motorized carriages may operate between 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., when all blocks and moving lines are suspended at least 10 feet above the ground (except the line between the carriage and the chokers).
  • Power saws, except power saws may operate at loading sites and on tractor or skidder operations between 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

In addition, the following activities are permitted to operate between 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. local time:
  • Tractor, skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders, or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing a fireline are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start.
  • Mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material
  • Blasting, welding or cutting of metal
  • Any other spark emitting activity not specifically mentioned.
For more information, contact the ODF Southwest Oregon District unit offices:

5286 Table Rock Rd.
Central Point, OR 97502
541) 664-3328
Fax: (541) 664-4340
5375 Monument Dr.
Grants Pass, OR 97526
(541) 474-3152
Fax: (541) 474-3158
Links to related information

Oregon Department of Forestry fire prevention regulations:
Weather conditions and forecasts:
To report a fire: Dial 911. Be prepared to tell the dispatcher who you are, where the fire is located, and how to contact you. Do not hang up until the dispatcher asks you to. For more information about emergency reporting, see the Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon website.
To ensure you'll know about an emergency in your area: Sign up for Citizen Alert, a Jackson County notification system which helps local officials to provide you with critical information quickly when a fire, flood, earthquake or other emergency occurs.
For wildfire prevention regulations on other southern Oregon state and private forestlands:

For information about wildfires in the Pacific Northwest: Northwest Interagency Coordination Center
For national wildfire information:
For information about local national forests:

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