Fire Season Regulations

Fire season began Sunday, June 4, 2017 on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Southwest Oregon District.

The fire danger level is "high" (yellow). The following Fire Restrictions are in effect:
  • Burning of debris piles or the use of burn barrels for burning debris is prohibited.
  • The use of exploding targets is prohibited.
  • The use of tracer ammunition is prohibited.
  • The use of fireworks is 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, except at locations deemed a designated campground. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are still allowed;
  • Chain saws may not be used between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high fire danger. During hours outside of this time frame, chain saws may be used but require that the operator have one shovel and one 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the work site. A fire watch is also required for one hour after each chainsaw use;
  • Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is not allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high fire danger. These activities will be allowed during hours outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site;
  • The mowing of dead or dried grass with power-driven equipment is not allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high fire danger. 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.
  • Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine use not specifically mentioned is not allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high fire danger. Use of any spark-emitting internal combustion engine is allowed outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site;
  • 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 Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is 2 (two).

This is considered a limited shutdown which includes the following restrictions:
• The use of fire in any form will be prohibited.
• The use of power saws will be prohibited, except at loading sites, between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
• The use of a feller-buncher with rotary head saws will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
• The use of cable yarders will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
• Blasting will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
• Welding, grinding or cutting of metal will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Additionally, commercial operators on forestlands are required to have fire suppression equipment on site and provide watchman service.

These regulations affect all state, county, private and Bureau of Land Management lands in Jackson and Josephine counties. The regulated use zones affected by this proclamation include SW-1, SW-2, SW-3, SW-4, SK-3, RR-1, RR-2 and RR-3, and all forestland within one-eighth of a mile of these zones.

The Wild and Scenic section of the river between Grave Creek and Marial is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and protected from fire by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District. 
The section of the river from Marial downstream to Watson Creek is managed and protected from fire by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

The following fire prevention restrictions are currently in effect:

  •  Smoking is 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 are required to carry one shovel and a one-gallon or larger bucket.
  • The use of fireworks is prohibited.
  • Campfires, including cooking fires and warming fires, will be prohibited. Charcoal fires for cooking and built in raised fire pans, and portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels, 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 the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River, contact:
  • The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, (541) 618-2200;
  • The Smullin Visitor Center located at the Rand National Historic Site at (541) 479-3735.
[ Page updated July 11, 2017 ]
The district protects 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.
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:

33 comments:

  1. I have read that there is to be no chain saw use after 8:00 a.m. I have a neighbor that continues to use their chain saw. How do I report them? We live in a heavily forested area.

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    1. You can call ODF's Medford office at (541) 664-3328 or the Grants Pass office at (541) 474-3152. If the offices are closed (they're open 8-5 M-F) call 9-1-1.

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    2. read it again ,10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. because I follow the rules and its probably me.lol

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    3. read it again ,10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. because I follow the rules and its probably me.lol

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  2. When will we be able to mow private property again

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  3. When the fire danger level is lower.

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  4. Is there anywhere i can target shoot with my new rifle legally and using regular ammunition?

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    1. Try a target shooting range, such as the one at Jackson County Sports Park.

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  5. Is there anyway or time that I can cut firewood near a residence with hose and fire extinguisher nearby in coastal Curry County?

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    1. Contact the Coos Forest Protective Association at (541) 267-3161. Coos FPA establishes fire season regulations in Coos and Curry counties.

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  6. Can i use a gas weed wacker to cut green or dry grass my weed wacker has strings to cut grass..what is the hours to start and time to stop..i live in rogue river? Thanks you..

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    1. There is a complete shutdown on equipment using gas-powered engines. Using a lawn mower on a green lawn is OK. Using a weed whacker in dry grass is not allowed until the weather gets cooler and wetter.

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  7. is target shooting in extreme fire conditions allowed? I am hearing it in rural Illinois valley.

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    1. Target shooting is allowed but tracer ammunition and exploding targets are not.

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  8. Has the fire prevention levels dropped at all in the past couple of days?

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    1. Fire prevention regulations for industrial operations, such as logging, were lowered on Tuesday. Public regulations have not changed.

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  9. Is heavy equipment allowed? I need to do some dozer work on my drive way and leveling my homesite

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    1. You'll probably need a Power Driven Machinery (PDM) permit from ODF. To get one, contact ODF's office in either Grants Pass or Central Point. You'll likely need water at the job site, and will be required to operate only in the morning hours.

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  10. We have a neighbor who is running heavy equipment, a backhoe, around her drugs in extremely dry grass and vegetation is that allowed? These drugs are planted just across our property line and we are so worried they are going to start a fire. Also there is no 8ft fence around these drugs! Who can we call to report that and to make sure that she has a permit.

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    1. Call the ODF office in either Grants Pass or Central Point, tell them the address where the equipment is being used. An ODF forest officer will go to the property and determine whether there is a violation of fire prevention regulations.

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  11. Can I burn inside of a fireplace that has been moved outside to keep my wife and company warm during the colder nights? It's in my gravel driveway, the vegetation around the driveway is green and regularly watered. Furthermore there are several hoses nearby. We haven't burned yet because we're not sure where this falls in the local fire regs and we really don't want to incure a fine. Any help would be appreciated.

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    1. Call the ODF office in either Grants Pass or Central Point (whichever one is closest to where you live) and ask for a forest officer to inspect the outdoor fireplace. The forest officer will tell you whether it is safe to operate the fireplace during fire season.

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  12. I am still confused.....can chainsaws be used in residential areas of Josephine County? My neighbors insist yes up to 1:00pm but my understanding is that applies only to I industrial lands.

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    1. All equipment using an internal combustion engine, which includes chain saws, cannot be used as long the fire danger remains "extreme." Industrial operations can use power equipment until 1:00 p.m. provided they have water and fire suppression tools at the job site.

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  13. I have a long dirt driveway and need to take my garbage out weekly. I usually do this by a quad or our Kawasaki mule. My understanding is I can do this legally because it's my driveway and it's a good idea to have a fire extinguisher with me. Is this correct? Thanks!

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    1. Yes. A driveway is usually in regular use and meets the definition of an improved road. You're also correct that it is a good idea to have the fire extinguisher with you.

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  14. Can I run an electric weed eater on my 4 acres, grass is tall and dry

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    1. Yes. The fire prevention regulations apply to equipment with an internal combustion engine.

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  15. My nieghbors had a big bonfire 2 nights ago in the 2800 block of Wards Creek Rd . Are outdoor campfires allowed during fire season ?

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    1. Outdoor campfires are not allowed during fire season unless they are in designated campgrounds. Designated campgrounds are county, state and federal parks that maintain campground rings/sites.
      Next time you feel your neighbor is doing something against fire season regulations that can be a risk to sparking a wildfire; please give us a call! (541)664-3328

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  16. My questions were not answered. Why? I'd like to cut green grass with something other than a mower. No clarification in the poorly worded regulations.

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