Heating Up To Start Fire Season!

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Fire season is officially underway for Jackson and Josephine counties joining Klamath and Lake counties. High pressure will strengthen today and tomorrow bringing even warmer temperatures and a lot of sunshine for all areas, and the Chetco Effect in Brookings will warm them up to the mid-80s. It will be windy again today at the coast and a Gale Warning and Hazardous Seas Warning are in place. Tomorrow and Wednesday will be the warmest days of the year so far.

Starting Wednesday and continuing Thursday the high pressure will weaken enough for the potential for a cut-off low off the coast of central California to push shortwaves as far north as southern Oregon. The combination of the heat providing enough instability and these waves of energy could bring enough monsoon moisture from the southwest to form thunderstorms. The favored spots for thunderstorms will be in the Siskiyou’s and the Cascades, but thunderstorms could form in the mountains and move to the lower elevations. With fire season under way and a chance for lightning later this week it is important to be fire-wise! You can find out more about fire danger and restrictions under place now under the weather links. Here’s a quick look at the ‘Moderate’ danger level restrictions:

  • Debris burning will be prohibited, except burn barrels for which a burn permit has been obtained from ODF or your local structural fire protection district. Burn barrel use will be completely prohibited beginning July 1;
  • The use of fireworks on forestlands will be prohibited;
  • Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, will be prohibited;
  • In the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River between Grave creek and Marial:
  • Camp fires must be in fire pans or on a fire blanket that is placed on sand or gravel bars between the river and the high water mark, and only in areas which are naturally free of flammable vegetation. Ashes must be hauled out;
  • Smoking will be permitted on sand and gravel bars between the river and the high water mark, and only in areas naturally free of flammable 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;
  • Commercial operations, such as timber harvesting conducted on forestlands will be required to have fire suppression equipment on the job site at all times. A watchman must also be provided.

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Meteorologist Megan Parry