Fire Season Regulations

Fire season is in effect on lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District. The fire danger level is "high" (yellow) and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is 2 (two). [ Page updated Sept. 22, 2016 ]

The public fire prevention regulations now in effect include:
  • No debris burning in piles or in burn barrels;
  • No fireworks on forestlands;
  • Tracer ammunition and exploding targets may not be used on forestlands or in any other wildland area;
  • Sky lanterns are disallowed.
  • Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels may be used in other locations;
  • Motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads;
  • Smoking while traveling is allowed only in enclosed vehicles on improved roads;
  • 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. All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher;
  • A chain saw with a spark-emitting internal combustion engine may be used until 10:00 a.m., and resumed after 8:00 p.m. ;
  • Mowing of dead or dry grass with equipment using a spark-emitting internal combustion engine may be used until 10:00 a.m., and resumed after 8:00 p.m. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops;
  • The cutting, grinding or welding of metal may be conducted until 10:00 a.m., and resumed after 8:00 p.m.;
  • Any other equipment with a spark-emitting internal combustion engine may be used until 10:00 a.m., and resumed after 8:00 p.m.;
  • 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.
In the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River between Grave Creek and Marial:
  • 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, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires are prohibited. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels may be used.
Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2 (two) is in effect. For more information, see the Industrial Fire Precaution Level requirements and definitions document.

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:

27 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. 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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