ASHLAND, Ore. — The City of Ashland has suspended open burning in the city limits ahead of schedule, according to a statement released today.
All open permits are suspended as of Tuesday, May 7, the City decided after consulting with the Fire Marshal, Fire Chief and Wildfire Division Chief.
"The dry and warm conditions and forecast, plus increase in regional wildfire activity make open burning too risky," Ashland Fire & Rescue (AFR) said.
The agency said that it would consider reactivating permits "at the request of the permit holder" if the area saw significant rain ahead of the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) official fire season, but otherwise the declaration spells an end for burning this season.
"Ashland Fire & Rescue asks that all Ashland residents remember the Be Ready, Be Set, Go! evacuation levels," AFR said, referring to Oregon's established evacuation protocol.
Level 1 (Be Ready) means that people should be prepared for the possibility of evacuation. Level 2 (Be Set) means to be ready to leave at a moment's notice, with emergency and personal supplies gathered and an evacuation plan at the ready. AFR also advised ensuring that your home is "Firewise" at this level, with combustible plants and debris removed from around the home. Level 3 (Go) means what it sounds like — leave your home immediately and head to somewhere safe.