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 "extreme" (red) and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is 3 (three). [ Page updated Aug. 18, 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 not be used;
  • Mowing of dead or dry grass with equipment using a spark-emitting internal combustion engine is not allowed. 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 are not allowed;
  • The use of any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine will not be allowed;
  • 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 3 (three) 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:

24 comments:

  1. Can I use my diesel backhoe on my farm/ homestead? At this time of year it's mostly work moving big objects, gravel work, trenching in bare ground, none of which is in dry grass. Thanks.

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    1. You can use power equipment, such as your backhoe, until 10:00 a.m. If you want to work after that, you'll need a permit. For that, you need to call the ODF office nearest to you, Central Point or Grants Pass, and arrange an appointment for an inspection and a permit.

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    2. In the regulations above, it is very specific to limiting equipment to chain saws, mowing of dried grass and the cutting, grinding or welding of metal as well as motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads. We have a big diesel truck that we drive around our farm on dirt and gravel driveways/ work areas, how does this differ from using our diesel backhoe in the same areas?

      Are we allowed to use our driveway and other work areas since our farm has dirt and gravel surfaces? What about my wife's Toyota Highlander, a gas powered vehicle on our farm where she drives up, parks and such? Lastly, as we are a farm with non-exclusive farm unit tax status (Non-EFU) we are recognized as a farm for tax purposes, how does that affect our use of farm tractors?

      Thank you.

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    3. Using vehicles and other machinery for the commercial culture and harvest of crops on farms is allowed in the public regulated use proclamation that is now in effect. Unimproved roads on the farm may also be driven under the same provision for farms. Improved roads, such as a driveway, are OK at all times.

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    4. Using vehicles and other machinery for the commercial culture and harvest of crops on farms is allowed in the public regulated use proclamation that is now in effect. Unimproved roads on the farm may also be driven under the same provision for farms. Improved roads, such as a driveway, are OK at all times.

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  2. Can I still use a gas powered/hydraulic firewood splitter during IFPL I & II ? If so... does wood splitter fall under the may not be used between 10am to 8pm restriction?

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  3. The IFPL regulations apply to industrial operations. Under the current regulations, you need to shut down any equipment using an internal combustion engine by 1:00 p.m., and you need to have fire tools, water and watchman service at the site. For your situation, you may want to ask one of our foresters whether you need a waiver to operate later in the day. Call the ODF office nearest to you, Central Point or Grants Pass, and schedule an appointment with a stewardship forester to get an inspection, which is necessary to get a waiver.

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  4. Can ride my motorcycle on logging roads in the early hours of the morning? North east of grants pass up scoville Rd?

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    1. You can ride your motorcycle on an improved logging road. But if the road has weeds, grass and brush growing in it, and there are tree branches and brush hanging over the road, then it is an unimproved road and you're not supposed to ride on it.

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  5. Can I park in the Midian just east of John day dam on interstate 84
    with engine running

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    1. The John Day Dam is more than 300 miles outside of this district's jurisdiction. Call the ODF office in The Dalles at 541-296-4626.

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  6. So I can not weld in my large open gravel parking lot that has no trees or grass in it?

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    1. The point of the regulation is to prevent wildfires. If you are working in a large gravel parking lot, it shouldn't be a problem as long as sparks cannot travel to dry vegetation beyond the parking lot.

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  7. Listening to News Watch 12 just now, it was stated that electric lawn mowers are allowed to be used but...
    Many people run over the cord which can produce sparks; also, the blade is very capable of striking a rock and causing sparks. Do you think this is a safe practice?

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    1. Wildfires caused by internal combustion engines happen often every year. Electrical equipment-caused fires are rare. Usually, a fire caused by electrical equipment occurs from downed power lines and household and farm wiring that was installed incorrectly.

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  8. Is there enforcement of the regulation that motor vehicles, OHV's and motorcycles traveling on BLM and other improved roads within the public forest lands during high and extreme fire danger are carrying the required fire fighting equipment- every year there are several fires started by them. These regulations need to be posted at all entry points to public forested land. Many of them seem to be unaware.

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    1. Yes, there is enforcement. ODF fire engines patrol within ODF's protection area in both Jackson and Josephine counties. Signs are posted along primary access roads to backcountry areas.

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  9. 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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  10. When will we be able to mow private property again

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  11. When the fire danger level is lower.

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  12. 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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