Extreme fire danger next week

In anticipation of a near 100-degree heat wave expected to hit Ashland next week, fire officials will tighten restrictions in the city and county beginning at 1 a.m. on Monday.

When the extreme fire danger rules go into effect, using chainsaws, mowing dry grass or weeds and welding or cutting metal will be prohibited, the Oregon Department of Forestry and the city announced on Friday.

Non-agricultural and non-commercial use of power-driven machines will also be outlawed.

All outdoor fires will be prohibited. However, landowners can still use gas and briquette barbeques on their own property.

Other fire restrictions remain in effect.

Fireworks are prohibited, and campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds.

Vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are not allowed on unimproved roads, and smoking is allowed only in a vehicle while on an improved road.

Ashland Fire & Rescue may grant some exceptions to allow power equipment to be used in irrigated landscapes, according to a release. For more information, log on to the city's Web site, www.ashland.or.us.

In the event of a fire, people can call the city's wildfire hotline, 552-2490, to get information.

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