MEDFORD, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Forestry will be raising the fire danger threat to high come Independence Day. After the historically dry spring and now sudden start to summer, the projected dry conditions have prompted the rise for both Jackson & Josephine Counties.
ODF says wild land fires are about 30% higher this fire season compared to last. As a result of the increased threat, public restrictions will now be in place.
Campfires, charcoal fires, and cooking fires will be allowed only in designated campgrounds. Residents will be prohibited to cut dead or dry grass during the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chain saws and blasting as well as the cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited between these hours as well.
Smoking and the use of motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited except on improved roads. The use of sky lanterns, as well as exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, will not be allowed.
Above are just a few of the regulations. A full look at the restrictions that become effective July 4th can be found at ODF’s website.