Fire Season Regulations

Fire season is in effect on lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District. Please take note of the following regulated use and industrial fire prevention regulations and contact one of the field offices if you have questions.

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

The fire danger level is "high" (yellow) and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level is 2 (two).

Below are the fire prevention regulations for the general public that are in effect:
  • No debris burning is allowed. This includes burning debris in piles and in burn barrels, and open burning such as ditch burning;
  • No fireworks may be used in wildland or forest areas;
  • No tracer ammunition or exploding targets are allowed in wildland or forest areas;
  • No sky lanterns are allowed in wildland or forest areas;
  • Power-driven machinery must shut down between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This includes all machinery and tools using an internal-combustion, spark-generating engine, such as mowers, brush cutters, chain saws, electricity generators, wood splitters and all other machinery not specifically mentioned. A fire extinguisher or water supply must be at the work site and a one-hour fire watch must be conducted after power-driven machinery is shut down. The mowing of irrigated, green lawns is allowed without restriction, as well as machinery used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops;
  • The cutting, welding or grinding of metal in wildland and forestland areas must shut down between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Use of this equipment may only take place in an area cleared of flammable vegetation. A water supply must be in place at the job site, and a one-hour fire watch must be conducted after equipment use has ended;
  • Campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using bottled or liquefied fuel may be used in other locations;
  • Motorized vehicles are not allowed on unimproved roads;
  • Smoking while traveling is allowed only inside of an enclosed vehicle;
  • Electric fence controllers must 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.
  • Possession of the following fire fighting equipment is required while traveling: one shovel and a one-gallon or larger bucket.
  • Use of fireworks is prohibited.
  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels, and charcoal fires for cooking and built in raised fire pans 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.

Under Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2, the use of fire or power-driven machinery in any operation area is unlawful unless such use is in compliance with the following:

  • Partial Shutdown: The following activities are not permitted between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except as noted:
    • Power saws, except power saws may operate at loading sites.
    • Cable yarding
    • Blasting
    • Welding or cutting of metal
    • Fire suppression tools and equipment must on the job site at all times, and watchman service must be provided.

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:

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