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Fire danger level rises to 'High' on Monday in southwest Oregon

Credit: Chris Rea

The Oregon Department of Forestry will increase fire restrictions on Monday in Jackson and Josephine counties amid near-record heat and dry vegetation.

Posted: Jun 25, 2021 9:43 AM
Updated: Jun 25, 2021 9:50 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire danger levels will increase to "High" (yellow) across Jackson and Josephine effective Monday, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. The change adds further fire prevention restrictions on state, private, county, and federal lands protected by ODF.

The City of Grants Pass also announced that it would go up to High on Monday in anticipation of temperatures in the Rogue Valley topping 110 degrees.

Coinciding with the public fire restrictions, ODF's Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will increase to Level 2 (two). Both changes will go into effect just after midnight on Monday morning.

"The primary difference between current fire prevention restrictions and those beginning on Monday affects the public use of power-driven equipment, such as chain saws and mowers," ODF said.

The use of power-driven equipment, grinding, cutting of metal, and other spark-emitting equipment, such as wood splitters and generators, will be prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Other fire prevention regulations which will remain in effect, include:

  • No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels
  • No fireworks on or within 1/8th of a mile of forestlands
  • Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited
  • Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels may be used in other locations
  • Motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain, are allowed only on improved roads; one shovel and one gallon of water, or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher, is required while traveling
  • Smoking while traveling will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and other specifically designated locations
  • Chain saws may not be used between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high fire danger. During hours outside of this time frame, chain saws may be used but require that the operator have one shovel and one 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the work site. A fire watch is also required for one hour after each chainsaw use
  • Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is not allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high fire danger. These activities will be allowed during hours outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site
  • The mowing of dead or dried grass with power-driven equipment is not allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high fire danger. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops
  • Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine-use not specifically mentioned is not allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during high fire danger. Use of any spark-emitting internal combustion engine is allowed outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site
  • 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 II (Two) – limited shutdown, which is entirely separate from all public fire restrictions, the following may operate after 8 p.m. and up until 1 p.m. daily:

  • Power saws, except at loading sites
  • Feller-bunchers with rotary head saws
  • Cable yarding
  • Blasting
  • Welding, cutting, or grinding of metal

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