Fire season has started

Fire season began Friday, June 19, on the Southwest Oregon District, which provides wildland fire protection on 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties. The fire danger level will be "moderate" (blue) and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level will be 1 (one).

Starting Friday, the open burning of debris will no longer be allowed.
This includes debris piles, ditch burning and any form of backyard
burning. Burn barrels, however, will be allowed until June 30, but only
with a permit from ODF and a permit from the local structural fire
protection district (if required). To obtain an ODF burn barrel permit,
visit the Southwest Oregon District’s unit offices in Medford and
Grants Pass.

Fireworks use on ODF-protected forestlands will also be prohibited.

In
the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River, between Grave Creek and
Marial, the following additional restrictions will be in effect:
Smoking
will be prohibited while traveling, except in boats on the water, and
on vegetation-free sand or gravel bars that lie between water and high
water marks.
Open fires will be prohibited, including campfires,
charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires. However, campfires
built in fire pans or on fire blankets will be allowed on
vegetation-free sand or gravel bars that lie between water and high
water marks.
Travelers will be required to have a shovel and a one-gallon or larger bucket.

For
fire restrictions in other portions of the Wild and Scenic section of
the Rogue River, please check with the Smullin Visitor Center located
at the Rand National Historic Site at (541) 479-3735 or your local
Forest Service office.

Under IFPL 1, commercial operations,
such as timber harvesting, conducted on forestlands will be required to
have fire suppression equipment on the job site at all times, and a
watchman must be provided.

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For regulations on national forest lands in Jackson and Josephine counties, contact the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest.

For
regulations on ODF-protected lands in Klamath and Lake counties, see
the Klamath Falls Interagency Fire Center’s website or call ODF’s
Klamath-Lake District office.

For regulations on lands in
Douglas County, contact the Douglas Forest Protective Association
(private, state, county and BLM lands) or the Umpqua National Forest
(national forest lands).

For more information about fire season
regulations on private, state, county or BLM lands in Jackson and
Josephine counties, contact the ODF Southwest Oregon District unit
office in your area:
Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. Phone: (541) 664-3328
Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Drive, Grants Pass. Phone: (541) 474-3152

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