Risk of wildfire is dropping

Shorter days, cooler temperatures and some rain have combined to reduce wildfire danger in Southern Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry will lower the fire danger level in the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River between Grave Creek and Marial to high, or yellow, at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest lowered the fire danger level to high Wednesday in the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River downstream from Marial. ODF dropped the fire danger level to yellow at that time on land it protects in Jackson and Josephine counties.

At the high fire danger level, charcoal fires may be used for cooking if contained inside a raised fire pan. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are permitted. In all cases, these devices may be used only on sand or gravel bars between the water and high water marks that are free of vegetation. Ashes from charcoal fires must be hauled out.

No open fires — including camp fires, cooking fires and warming fires — are allowed in the Wild and Scenic of the Rogue River until the fire danger level drops further.

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