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Fire Danger Increased

Fire DangerMEDFORD, Ore. — Thursday is the day that fire officials are raising the fire threat level, bringing with it a whole new set of restrictions.

The Oregon Department of Forestry is preparing for fire season to ramp up in Jackson and Josephine Counties, as hot and dry temperatures, combined with possible thunderstorms, and increased camping and firework use from the holiday, create perfect conditions for wildfires.

Because of the raised risk, and heightened dangers due to firework use, and barbecuing, ODF is implementing the following restrictions:

Fireworks on any forest land are now banned.
Burning any type of debris, including burn barrels, is prohibited.
Campfires are only allowed, in designated campgrounds, including charcoal, and cooking fires.
No motorized vehicles are allowed off improved roads.
Smoking is only allowed while driving on improved roads, and on boats in the water
No tracer, or ammunition with a pyrotechnic charge.
Mowing dry grass, with power-driven equipment, using chain saws, or welding metal is not allowed between 1 and 8 p.m.