Fire Season Regulations

As of October 13th, the 2016 fire season has come to an end on lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District. The fire danger level is "low" (green). [ Page updated Oct. 12, 2016 ]
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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