Fire Season Regulations

The public regulated use fire danger level is "Extreme" on lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level is at Level 2 (two).
The district protects 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.
The Public Regulated Use restrictions include:
  • No debris burning in piles or in burn barrels.
  • No fireworks in forests or other wildland areas. Fireworks are also prohibited on all federal lands, and state and county campgrounds.
  • Exploding targets and tracer ammunition may not be used in forests or other wildland areas.
  • Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. In other locations, portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
  • Smoking while traveling is allowed only inside of an enclosed vehicle.
  • Motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads.
  • Chain saws must be shut down between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Users must have an 8-oz fire extinguisher, an axe and a shovel at the work site. A fire watch must be conducted for 1 hour after shutdown.
  • Mowing of dead or dry grass is not allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This restriction does not apply to the mowing of green lawns, or the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • The cutting, grinding or welding of metal are not allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. During other hours, these activities are allowed in areas cleared of flammable vegetation and other flammable material, and a water supply is required at the job site.
  • 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. Electric fence controllers must be installed and used in compliance with the manufacturer's instructions for fire-safe operation.
  • The use of sky lanterns on ODF-protected lands is prohibited.
In the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River between Grave Creek and Marial, the following restrictions are in effect:
  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuel are allowed when used on a sand or gravel bar between the water and the high water mark, and where there is no flammable vegetation.
  • Smoking is not allowed while traveling, except on sand or gravel bars between the river and the high water mark. Smoking areas must be free of flammable vegetation.
  • Travelers must carry a shovel and a bucket with a capacity of at least one gallon.
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
Under Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2:
  • The use of fire in any form is prohibited;
  • Power saws must be shut down, except at loading sites, between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.;
  • Cable yarder use is prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.;
  • Blasting is prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.;
  • Welding and the cutting of metal are prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.;
  • Operations are required to have fire suppression tools and water at the work site at all times;
  • Watchman service must be provided at the job site.
For more information, contact the Southwest Oregon District's unit offices:

Medford Unit
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:


  1. During high fire danger, ammunition with a steel core bullet (attracts a magnet) should also be prohibited. This type of bullet core can cause sparks if a rock or steel is hit.

    1. Thank you for the warning.