Fire Restrictions

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

Page updated September 18, 2017 ]


State, Private, County, City and Bureau of Land Management: Fire Restrictions

The fire danger level is "moderate" (blue). 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 allowed.
  • Power saw use is prohibited between the hours of 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited between the hours of 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • The mowing of dead or dried grass with power-driven equipment is prohibited between the hours of 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Please note: Mowing your green, irrigated lawn is allowed.
  • Motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, will be allowed only on improved roads free of flammable vegetation. 
  • 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 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher. All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher.
  • Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine use, not specifically mentioned, is prohibited between the hours of 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • 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's fire restrictions, please 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


The Wild and Scenic Rogue River: Fire Restrictions

The Wild and Scenic portions of the Rogue 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 (ODF) 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 restrictions are in effect:
  • Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in boats on the water and on sand/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, are prohibited. Charcoal fires for cooking and built in raised fire pans, as well as 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.
  • 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 at (541) 618-2200.