The level of fire danger will be maximized in Jackson and Josephine counties on Tuesday.
The change affects Jackson and Josephine counties
The Oregon Forest Service is raising the fire risk level to the maximum in Jackson and Josephine counties beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest does the same for the forest land it manages.
Dry vegetation, hot weather, thunderstorms and many fires in the area prompted the transition from high fire risk to high risk, the organization said.
Under conditions of severe fire danger, new regulations come into effect that affect 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and federal lands protected by the Southwest Oregon Region of the African Development Bureau:
- The use of electric saws, with the exception of electric saws, is prohibited.
- Metal cutting, grinding and welding is prohibited.
- It is forbidden to mow dry or dead grass.
- It is prohibited to operate any other internal combustion engine that emits sparks not mentioned above.
The ODF said the following fire prevention regulations are already in effect and will remain in effect until the level of fire danger has significantly reduced:
- Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and at designated locations.
- It is forbidden to burn debris, including the use of burning drums.
- Open fires, including camp fires, coal fires, cooking fires, and greenhouse fires, are prohibited, except for approved fire rings at designated campgrounds. In other locations without vegetation, portable cooking stoves that use liquid or bottled fuels are permitted.
- On the Medford District BLM land, all campfires and briquettes burning, including the Lake Hyatt campgrounds, are prohibited. The BLM announced Monday that visitors can only use portable liquefied or bottled fuel stoves.
- Fireworks are prohibited in or within one eight-mile radius of the forest.
- Any electric fence controller in use must be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or approved by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions on fire safety.
- The use of explosive targets is prohibited.
- It is forbidden to use tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge at its base.
- Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, may only be used on improved roads free of combustible vegetation, except when used for commercial farming and harvesting of agricultural crops.
- Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads, and trails: One shovel and one gallon of water, 2.5 pounds, or a larger fire extinguisher. All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one fire extinguisher weighing 2.5 pounds or greater.
The level of industrial fire reserves will remain at Level II for both ODF-protected lands and Forest Service lands.
For more information on fire season restrictions in ODF’s Southwest Oregon region, see www.swofire.com or the agency’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ODFSouthwest.
Restrictions already in place on the lands of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will remain in effect:
- Fires are prohibited except for commercial stoves or campfires that are lit with liquid fuel or propane, or in forest service concrete, metal fire rings, or fireplaces.
- Smoking is prohibited except within designated vehicles, buildings and entertainment venues, or in an area of at least 3 feet in diameter free of all flammable materials, or while on board a watercraft in a waterway.
- It is forbidden to solder or operate acetylene or other open flame igniter.
- Operation of the internal combustion engine is prohibited except for motor vehicles on Forest Service roads or in designated parking areas; On board a watercraft approved generators with spark arrestors at designated recreational sites and off-highway vehicles approved on forest roads and trails