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Fire Season Ends Tuesday

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Several days of rain across the southwest Oregon region has brought fire season to an end beginning at midnight on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties. The fire danger level drops to “low” (green) and all public and industrial fire prevention regulations will be lifted.

It was a busy summer for firefighters as crews responded to more than 330 fires, 126 of which were caused by lightning. More than 43,000 acres of forestland burned on the district, much of it in the Big Windy and Douglas complexes in northern Josephine County. People caused more than 200 fires this fire season, which started June 3, and human-caused fires burned nearly 800 acres, butlightning caused the summer’s biggest wildfires.

Southwest Oregon residents are urged to use caution when burning debris this Fall. Many structural fire protection districts require a permit to burn piled debris or to use burn barrels, and both counties issue daily air quality advisories. Call your county’s open burning line before burning to find out whether open burning is allowed. In Jackson County, the number to call is (541) 776-7007. In Josephine County, call (541) 476-9663.

For more information about wildland fire prevention, contact your local Oregon Dept. of Forestry unit office:
*             Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd: (541) 664-3328
*             Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr: (541) 474-3152

Fire danger regulations are also posted online at www.swofire.com