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Rain Reduces Fire Danger Level to ‘High’

fire dangerThe recent rains have lead the Oregon Department of Forestry to reduce the fire danger level to ‘High’ (yellow) Thursday  in Jackson and Josephine Counties. Chain saws and other power-driven equipment may be used until 1:00 p.m.  The Industrial Fire Precaution Level is now at 1.

Below are the fire prevention regulations that are now in effect:

• Debris burning is prohibited. This includes burn barrels.
• Fireworks cannot be used in forests, public parks, campgrounds and other wildland areas.
• Exploding targets and tracer ammunition may not be used.
• Motorized vehicles are not allowed off of improved roads.
• Smoking is allowed only in an enclosed vehicle on an improved road.
• Chain saws may be used until 1:00 p.m., and users must have an axe, shovel and a fire extinguisher (8 oz. or larger) at the work site. A 1-hour fire watch is required after the saw is shut down.
• Cutting, grinding or welding metal is allowed until 1:00 p.m. in areas that are cleared of vegetation. A water supply is required at the job site.
• Tall, dry grass and weeds may be mowed until 1:00 p.m. Mowers used for the commercial culture or harvest of agricultural crops are exempt from this restriction.
• Any spark-emitting power-driven equipment not specifically mentioned above must shut down by 1:00 p.m.
• Any electric fence controller in use shall contain a listing from a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and be operated in compliance with manufacturer instruction for fire safe operation

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.