SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch - Red Flag Warning View Alerts

Fire Season officially begins May 12 in Jackson and Josephine counties

The Oregon Department of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District will begin fire season restrictions and closures on Wednesday, May 12.

Posted: May 10, 2021 11:05 AM
Updated: May 10, 2021 12:20 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Fire Season officially begins May 12 in Jackson and Josephine counties, the Oregon Department of Forestry announced Monday. The change means the beginning of fire danger restrictions and closures on ODF-protected lands in southwest Oregon.

At the outset, the fire danger level will be "Low" (green) with the Industrial Fire Precaution Level at level one. These regulations apply to 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city, and federal forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.

"Since the beginning of March, the district has responded to more than 50 fires, totaling more than 100 acres; warm temperatures, windy conditions and a lack of spring rain are among the contributing factors that increased fire starts and growth," ODF said. "Fuels across the region are also much drier than normal, reflecting late June-like conditions in mid-May. For these reasons, fire season is being declared in Jackson and Josephine counties."

Starting Wednesday, debris pile burning and use of burn barrels will be prohibited in Jackson and Josephine counties. ODF pointed to multiple escaped debris burns that crews have responded to over the past several weeks. Landowners are asked to check previous burn piles to confirm that they are completely extinguished.

In low fire danger, the following activities are prohibited:

  • No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels.
  • No fireworks on or within 1/8 of a mile of forestland.
  • Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited.
  • Campfires are allowed in designated campgrounds, and on private land with the landowner’s permission. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels may be used as well.
  • Smoking while traveling will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and other specifically designated locations.
  • Any electric fence controllers must be approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and be installed and used in compliance with the fence controller’s instructions for fire safe operation.

Under IFPL I (one) – fire season requirements are in effect. In addition to the following:

  • A Firewatch is required at this and all higher levels unless otherwise waived.

ODF is set to follow suit in Klamath and Lake counties on Saturday, May 15 — officially beginning Fire Season regulations in those areas. For Klamath and Lake, the fire danger level will begin at Moderate (blue) with IFPL at level one.

“Where we are at with fuel conditions, lack of spring rains, extreme and exceptional drought, and continuous fire activity in Klamath County, Lake County, and around the state, Klamath-Lake District will be declaring fire season on Saturday, May 15th at 12:01 a.m.” said Randall Baley, Protection Unit Forester with ODF. “The total package of conditions all adds up to make the public aware of the situation and minimize the potential for human-caused fires.”

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 206777

Reported Deaths: 2754
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah40354614
Washington26781248
Marion23425323
Clackamas18925235
Lane13896164
Jackson11535146
Deschutes1001582
Umatilla859387
Linn560380
Yamhill477879
Klamath477678
Polk399356
Douglas387982
Malheur361463
Josephine359872
Benton326422
Jefferson236839
Coos216637
Columbia191929
Union149824
Wasco144330
Lincoln143021
Crook129223
Hood River121933
Morrow115316
Clatsop10559
Baker101115
Curry70811
Tillamook6604
Grant5507
Lake4678
Harney4339
Wallowa1945
Gilliam801
Sherman671
Wheeler351
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3808258

Reported Deaths: 63335
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles124761824454
Riverside3016034627
San Bernardino2992894844
San Diego2817493771
Orange2729225112
Santa Clara1201102188
Kern1107821404
Sacramento1076381731
Fresno1029221724
Alameda895921273
Ventura816381031
San Joaquin746861438
Contra Costa70561813
Stanislaus633871069
Tulare49814849
Monterey43831427
San Mateo42646581
San Francisco37256556
Santa Barbara34596455
Solano33707266
Merced32291478
Sonoma30868317
Imperial28813741
Placer23537299
Kings23189247
San Luis Obispo21421261
Madera16632245
Santa Cruz16235208
Marin14200230
Yolo14156212
Butte12659194
Shasta12630233
El Dorado10371116
Napa1002580
Sutter9656113
Yuba648551
San Benito610963
Lassen578424
Tehama573163
Nevada491075
Humboldt446348
Mendocino432150
Tuolumne420771
Amador373947
Lake356345
Glenn243427
Siskiyou239437
Colusa228418
Calaveras220156
Del Norte14568
Inyo143438
Mono12954
Plumas7366
Modoc5585
Mariposa4657
Trinity4225
Sierra1150
Alpine890
Unassigned330
Medford
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 98° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 79°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
51° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 51°
Crater Lake
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 79°
Grants Pass
Partly Cloudy
77° wxIcon
Hi: 98° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 79°
Klamath Falls
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 73°
Chances for thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

kdrv--Mon_Jun_21_05_00 - selection

Image

kdrv--Mon_Jun_21_05_00 - selection

Image

Monday, June 21 morning weather

Image

Sunday, June 20th Evening Forecast

Image

Sunday, June 20th Evening Forecast

Image

Local government officials celebrate Juneteenth

Image

California mask updates for people who are vaccinated

Image

Sunday, June 20th Morning Weather

Image

Golf Tip of the Week: Stone Ridge Golf Club

Image

Saturday, June 19th Evening Forecast