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Fire danger level will rise to high on Monday

 Posted: 12:30 PM June 11, 2014

The fire danger level in Jackson and Josephine counties will rise to high on Monday, June 16, the Oregon Department of Forestry reported.

The agency reports the move will affect 1.8 million acres in Southern Oregon, a mixture of state, private, county, city and BLM lands.

Several restrictions come with the upped level. Debris pile and barrel burning are no longer allowed and fireworks are banned in on forestland.

Additionally, use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited. Campfires are only allowed at designated campgrounds, and motorized vehicles can only driven on improved roads. In forested, brushy or dry grass areas, smoking is only allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads.

Equipment that could spark fires must be shut down during the hottest part of the day. Between 1 and 8 p.m., chainsaw use, mowing dry grass, and cutting, grinding or welding metal is barred. During approved use hours, chainsaw users must have an ax, shovel and a fire extinguisher of at least eight ounces or larger at the job site.

Electric fences must be tested and approved by a nationally recognized laboratory, or be certified by the U.S. Department of Consumer and Business Services.

Restrictions for the Rogue River's Wild & Scenic section also will go into effect June 16. Smoking will be restricted to boats on the water or on sand or gravel bars between water and high-water marks that have no vegetation. All travelers should carry a shovel and a one gallon or larger bucket. Open fires are prohibited, but portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels, or charcoal fires built in raised fire pans will be allowed on sand bars between water and the high-water marks.

Visit www.swofire.com for more information.

— Ryan Pfeil


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