Fire Restrictions

Fire season is in effect as of June 1, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Southwest Oregon District.

Page updated July 25, 2018 ]

The fire danger level for the public is “EXTREME” (RED) and the following fire restrictions are in effect:

·         No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels;
·         No fireworks on forestlands;
·         Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited.
·         Smoking while traveling will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and other specifically designated locations;
·         Open fires are prohibited which includes campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are still allowed;
·         Chain saw use is prohibited;
·         Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited;
·         The mowing of dead or dried grass with power-driven equipment is prohibited.  This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops;
·         Motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, will be allowed only on improved roads free of flammable vegetation. One shovel and one gallon of water, or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher, is required while traveling.
·         Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher. As noted above, all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.
·         Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine use not specifically mentioned is prohibited;
·         Any 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.

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

For more information about the district, please visit our Facebook page, or contact the office nearest you:

Medford Unit
5286 Table Rock Road
Central Point, Oregon 97502
(541) 664-3328

Grants Pass Unit
5375 Monument Drive
Grants Pass, Oregon 97526
(541) 474-3152
For further information about fire restrictions in the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River, contact the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest at (541) 618-2200.