Fire Season Officially Starts Monday

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CENTRAL POINT, Ore.– Starting Monday at 12:01 a.m., wildfire season will officially begin for Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake Counties.

Declaring fire season means putting restrictions on debris burning. It also prohibits the use of fireworks, release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding targets, and the discharge of tracer ammunition. Fire officials say these prevention measures are necessary to reduce the chance of human-caused fires.

The Oregon Department of Forestry says fire season will begin at midnight on June 2nd for state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management forestlands. ODF says the fire danger level will be “moderate” (blue) and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will be 1 (one).

This affects all private, county, and state forest lands, as well as those BLM lands west of the Gerber Reservoir Area in Klamath County. It also affects lands protected by the Klamath-Lake District.

For the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River between Grave creek and Marial, the fire season also puts restrictions on campfires and smoking. ODF says campfires must be in fire pans, and only near the river and away from flammable vegetation. The same goes for smoking: either near the river away from vegetation, or in boats and rafts while on the river. Travelers must carry a shovel and a bucket with a capacity of at least one gallon.

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


For information from Medford Fire and Rescue this season, you can follow @Medford_Fire on Twitter.

For information from ODF’s Brian Ballou this fire season, you can follow @swofire on Twitter or visit www.swofire.com.