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California firefighters stage in Ashland as support during Extreme fire danger

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California firefighters stage in Ashland as support during Extreme fire danger

ASHLAND, Ore. — Teams of firefighters from California will be stationed at Ashland's Exit 19 for the next week, ready to lend a hand if they are needed in southern Oregon.

The City of Ashland said that the California crews were ordered by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. There are ten engines, two command vehicles, and almost 50 personnel staying in Ashland.

"Though their priority is to support fires in Oregon, they will be helping with evacuation canvassing in Ashland as time allows," Ashland said. "Expect to see their yellow and green engines in town and you may get a knock on your door as they drop off evacuation flyers. Thank you for welcoming their presence in our town."

Jackson and Josephine counties have been under Extreme fire danger since July 14, which means that a number of restrictions are in effect for areas of dry vegetation. Work of this kind is not restricted in green, irrigated landscapes:

  • No operation of gas powered machinery (including, but not limited to chainsaws, trimmers, mowers, etc...)
  • No use of spark emitting devices (welding, grinding of metal) in dry vegetation areas.
  • No smoking outside of vehicles off of paved roads. Electric powered machinery is allowed, but please be cautious and do not mow dry grass with any device that can cause a spark.

Fire season bans that remain in place include all use of open flames except backyard BBQs. Fireworks are not allowed at any time of the year inside Ashland, or on any ODF-protected land or federal lands.

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