Extreme fire danger raises restrictions in Ashland

Extreme fire danger has prompted Ashland fire officials to increase restrictions within city limits that mirror those announced by the Oregon Department of Forestry Wednesday.

The following restrictions remain in effect for the general public throughout the city of Ashland:

  • Outdoor debris burning is prohibited.
  • Fireworks are prohibited at all times throughout the year within city limits.
  • 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.
  • Outdoor, recreational burning using wood or similar substance is prohibited in all outdoor devices, including raised fire pits, Chimineas, campfire rings, and similar appliances throughout the city in backyards and in Lithia Park until fire danger decreases. The use of charcoal briquettes and gas-fired appliances is permitted.

Beginning today, the following equipment is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.:

  • Chainsaw use is prohibited. During other hours, chainsaw users are required to have an ax, a shovel and an 8-ounce or larger fire extinguisher at the work site, and a one-hour fire watch is required after the saw is shut down. (Electric chain saws are permitted.)
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Any other equipment using an internal combustion engine may not be used in combustible vegetation areas. This includes, but is not limited to, generators, firewood splitters and chippers. During other hours, this equipment should be used only in a cleared area, and have a water supply and shovel close at hand.

Exceptions may be granted for power equipment use within irrigated landscapes and other areas where vegetation combustibility can be altered with irrigation after inspection and written permit from Ashland Fire & Rescue within the city limits outside the Wildfire Hazard Zone.

For commercial equipment operators, industrial fire precaution level II is in effect.

As fire danger changes throughout the summer months, find the most current restrictions at www.ashland.or.us/fireseason or by contacting Ashland Fire & Rescue at 541-482-2770. Additional fire season information can be found at the following locations:

  • Wildfire Hotline — 541-552-2490. Provides information on fires burning in Ashland and the surrounding area during summer.
  • Emergency Broadcast Radio — 1700 AM. Provides information on current emergencies affecting the citizens of 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.

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