MEDFORD, Ore. — The 2019 Fire Season officially comes to an end on Tuesday for Jackson and Josephine counties, the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Southwest District has announced. The season ended on Friday for Klamath and Lake counties.
"Recent rains and consistent cooler temperatures have made the conclusion of fire season possible," ODF said in a statement.
FIRE SEASON ENDS OCTOBER 1: After 122 days, the 2019 fire season will end on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 12:01 a.m.— ODF Southwest (@swofire) September 30, 2019
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The agency said that, while this year was mild compared to the smoke-filled 2018 season, firefighters stayed busy. Crews in Jackson and Josephine counties have put out 214 fires since the beginning of June, with 324 acres burned.
"This is a remarkable accomplishment for the District, as firefighters were able to keep more than 98 percent of fires under 10 acres," ODF said.
The total fire count does not include alarms that wildland firefighters responded to for violations of the Fire Season restrictions, assisting local fire agencies, or chasing smoke reports.
With the end of fire season, regulations on the use of equipment and open burning have been lifted for both public and industrial use on ODF-protected forest lands. However, ODF said, local fire agencies may require permits for burning debris — you should check with your fire department before burning and call the county burn line:
Jackson County - (541) 776-7007
Josephine County - (541) 476-9663
"This is a great reminder; while fire season is over, fire prevention must continue," ODF said. "Please be vigilant while burning debris making sure that a burn pile is never left unattended. Also, please use caution while using machinery that could produce a spark. Fall weather in Southern Oregon can vary greatly."