MEDFORD, Ore. — After a prolonged period of intermittent precipitation and cooler temperatures, the Oregon Department of Forestry has dropped fire danger levels in the Southwest Oregon District, which covers Jackson and Josephine counties.
As of 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, the public fire danger level decreased to "Low" (green) for both counties. The industrial fire precaution level remains at IFPL I (one).
"Consistent fall-like weather and widespread rain has made it possible to ease off on some public and industrial fire prevention regulations on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District," the agency said.
For the time being, southwest Oregon is still considered to be in fire season. Fire officials in neighboring Coos, Curry, and Douglas counties declared an end to fire season restrictions beginning Wednesday.
"Recent rains in both districts have reduced fire danger to low as have shorter day lengths and cooler temperatures," ODF said of the change from the Coos and Douglas Forest Protective Associations. "District officials caution that people should still exercise care when planning any outdoor burning as fires can escape control even outside of fire season."
In Jackson and Josephine counties, the following fire danger restrictions remain in effect:
- No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels.
- No fireworks on or within 1/8 of a mile of forestlands.
- Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited.
- 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), the following fire season requirements are in effect:
- A Firewatch is required at this and all higher levels unless otherwise waived.