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Southwest Oregon District Fire Danger Levels 144

JACKSON & JOSEPHINE COUNTIES

(August 1, 2022) – Due to dry vegetation, hot conditions, thunderstorms and numerous active fires in the region, the fire danger level on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in Jackson and Josephine counties will increase to “extreme” (red) at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will remain at Level 2 (two). These regulations impact 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management lands protected by ODF’s Southwest Oregon District.

Beginning Tuesday morning at 12:01 a.m., the following public fire restrictions will take effect:

  • The use of power saws is prohibited, excluding electric chainsaws.
  • The cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.
  • The mowing of dry or dead grass is prohibited.
  • The operation of any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine not specifically mentioned above is prohibited.

The following fire prevention regulations are currently in effect and will remain in effect until the fire danger level drops significantly:

  • Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and designated locations.
  • Debris burning, including the use of burn barrels, is prohibited.
  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in approved fire rings at designated campgrounds.  In other locations clear of vegetation, portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
  • Fireworks on or within 1/8th of a mile of forestland are prohibited.
  • Any electric fence controller in use shall be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and operated in compliance with the manufacturer’s fire-safe instructions.
  • The use of exploding targets is prohibited.
  • The use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited.
  • Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, may only be used on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except when used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • 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 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher. All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher.

Under IFPL II (Two) – limited shutdown, which is entirely separate from all public fire restrictions, the following may operate after 8 p.m. and up until 1 p.m. daily:

  • Power saws, except at loading sites
  • Feller-bunchers with rotary head saws
  • Cable yarding
  • Blasting
  • Welding, cutting, or grinding of metal

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Fire Season regulations, please call or visit the Southwest Oregon District unit office nearest to you:

  • Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point – (541) 664-3328
  • Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr., Grants Pass – (541) 474-3152
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