Hot, dry weather increased fire danger to extreme effective this morning, July 31, on all lands within the city of Ashland, Ashland Fire & Rescue announced Friday.
The city applies fire prevention measures throughout the city similar to those of the Oregon Department of Forestry. Properties within the city limits that also receive fire protection from the Oregon Department of Forestry are also required to follow the Oregon Department of Forestry rules which can be found at www.swofire.com. An Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2 applies to commercial operators and licensed contractors.
With the increase to extreme fire danger, use of power-driven equipment by the general public outdoors will be prohibited at all times in areas of dry vegetation in the city of Ashland, as well as:
• Mowing of dead or dry grass and weeds with power-driven equipment is prohibited. Mowing of green lawns is permitted at any time, and this restriction does not apply to commercial agricultural purposes. (Electric mowers are exempt from this prohibition.)
• Chainsaw use is prohibited. During other hours, chainsaw users are required to have an ax, a shovel and an 8 oz. or larger fire extinguisher at the work site and a one-hour fire watch is required after the saw is shutdown. (Electric chainsaws are exempt).
• Cutting, grinding or welding metal is prohibited. During other hours, this activity is permitted, provided the work site is cleared of combustible vegetation and water supply is available on site.
• The operation of any other spark-emitting machinery not specifically mentioned above is prohibited.
The mowing of irrigated green grass and other work in irrigated landscapes is not restricted. The following restrictions remain in effect:
• Outdoor debris burning is prohibited.
• Fireworks are prohibited at all times throughout the year within the city of Ashland.
• Sky Lanterns are prohibited at all times throughout the year within the city of Ashland.
• Industrial Forest Operations: Commercial operators on forest lands and throughout the city limits are required to have fire equipment on site, provide a one hour watchman service and end operations at 1 p.m.
• Lithia Park campfire rings are closed for use. Barbecues are still open if using briquettes or gas grills.
• Backyard fire pits and pans of any type using wood are not permitted. Barbecues are still allowed if using briquettes or gas only.
• Motorized vehicles are only permitted on improved roads.
• Smoking in areas of combustible vegetation is prohibited except while in a vehicle on an improved road.
• 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.
As fire danger increases throughout the summer months, find the most current restrictions at www.ashland.or.us/fireseason, or contact Ashland Fire & Rescue at 541-482-2770. Oregon Department of Forestry fire prevention requirements can be found at www.swofire.com.
Additional fire season information can be found at the following locations:
• Wildfire Hotline (541-552-2490) provides information on fires currently burning in Ashland or the surrounding area during summer and prescribed burns at other times of the year.
• Emergency Broadcast Radio (1700 AM) provides information on current emergencies affecting the citizens of Ashland. This low wattage broadcast can only be heard Ashland.
• Citizen Alert: A way for officials to directly notify you of an emergency. Register your contact information by going to www.ashland.or.us and clicking on “Opt-In to Citizen Alert” on the right hand menu.