Fire Season Regulations

Fire season is not in effect on lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District. All public regulated use and industrial fire prevention regulations have been removed.

The district protects 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.
Open burning of woody debris in piles and burn barrels is allowed. However, many structural fire protection districts require a burn permit, and county air quality burning advisories must be followed. Before burning, call:
  • Josephine County Open Burning Advisory: (541) 476-9663
  • Jackson County Open Burning Advisory: (541) 776-7007
For more information, contact the ODF Southwest Oregon District 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.

    2. It is not just steel core. Steel jacketed, copper jacketed and solid copper bullets have all been proven capable of starting a fire under the right conditions based on recent research conducted by the Forest Service at their Missoula Fire Laboratory.
      Relatively rare, but statistically high enough odds that I cease all target shooting at my house in early May....

    3. What about BB guns?

    4. The idea of a BB gun starting a fire is similar to being concerned over the exhaust from an electric scooter.

  2. I can't believe that one is allowed to mow dead grass in a field where everything is bone dry at this time of year. We just had a fire nearby. The rules don't even stipulate a requirement of at least having a shovel and hose ready. Common sense should prevail but some either don't care or get it. All mowing of dried grass should be closed right after the 4Th of July.

  3. I can't believe you are allowed to sell / shoot off fireworks in a wildfire zone!!!! That's just absurd.

  4. Is this page updated daily? I am near the City of Rogue River and eagerly awaiting being able to get to the back edge of my place to take town the teasle before my neighbors form a lynching committee

    1. This page is updated whenever there are changes to the fire prevention regulations. The latest changes were posted Aug. 4.

  5. We were told today by ODF that you may use gas powered equipment until 1pm as long as you stay for an hour afterwards to watch for fire.

  6. Candy, in ODF's Southwest Oregon District, power equipment use isn't allowed right now on state, county, private and BLM lands in Jackson and Josephine counties. ODF's fire prevention regulations do not apply to most properties inside the city limits of Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass. Also, the power equipment restrictions don't apply to the use of a power mower on a green lawn, or to equipment used on a farm to harvest a crop.

  7. Can a chainsaw be operated in a green area at a rural residence in a rural neighborhood? If not, are there any cases in which a homeowner can get special permission to do so?

  8. Public chain saw use is completely shut down until some rain falls in southwest Oregon. You can request a waiver by calling the ODF nearest to you (Central Point, (541) 664-3328 or Grants Pass, (541) 474-3152). An ODF forest officer will visit your property and determine whether to issue a waiver.

  9. What are current restrictions for public use of chain saws?

  10. ODF's Southwest Oregon District removed the fire prevention restrictions on chain saw use a couple of weeks ago.