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Fire Danger level will rise to 'Moderate' on Friday in Jackson and Josephine counties

The Oregon Department of Forestry and the City of Grants Pass will increase the Fire Danger level and accompanying restrictions effective Friday.

Posted: Jun 2, 2021 9:45 AM
Updated: Jun 3, 2021 10:55 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Fire Danger level and accompanying restrictions will increase in southwest Oregon on Friday due to sustained high temperatures and dry vegetation, the Oregon Department of Forestry says.

In Jackson and Josephine counties, Fire Danger will increase to "Moderate" (blue) first thing Friday morning, though the Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at I (one).

These regulations apply to 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and federal lands protected by the ODF Southwest Oregon District.

Public fire restrictions currently in effect, which will remain in effect, include:

  • No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels.
  • No fireworks on or within 1/8 of a mile of forestland.
  • Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited.
  • Smoking while traveling will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and other specifically designated locations.
  • Any 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.

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

  • Open fires are prohibited, which includes campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at locations deemed a designated campground. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are still allowed;
  • Chainsaws may not be used between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. During hours outside of this time frame, chain saws may be used but require that the operator have one shovel and one 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the work site. A fire watch is also required for one hour after each chainsaw use;
  • Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. These activities will be allowed during hours outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site;
  • The mowing of dead or dried grass with power-driven equipment is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops;
  • Motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, will be allowed only on improved roads free of flammable vegetation. One shovel and one gallon of water, or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher, is required while traveling.
  • 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. As noted above, all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.
  • Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine use not specifically mentioned is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. Use of any spark-emitting internal combustion engine is allowed outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site;

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Washington42197402
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Clackamas32947388
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Umatilla15141183
Linn14769181
Douglas13479293
Josephine10245246
Yamhill9805143
Klamath9090149
Polk8268102
Benton613138
Malheur593092
Coos5728108
Columbia436056
Jefferson422566
Lincoln364452
Union339555
Crook338556
Wasco317846
Clatsop262935
Baker221533
Tillamook217646
Hood River215137
Morrow197825
Curry193139
Harney120533
Grant108515
Lake105617
Wallowa76213
Sherman1913
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
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San Diego4085284346
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Orange3349405749
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