The fire danger level decreased from “extreme” to “high” on Sept. 13.
The ban on the use of chainsaws, brush cutters, welding or grinding of metal, and other gas power-driven or spark-emitting machinery has been loosened. Use of this equipment is now allowed from 8 p.m. until 10 a.m. Anyone using these tools must have fire suppressant equipment on hand including a shovel, water and a means to call 911. There is no restriction in green, irrigated landscape.
The following restrictions are still in place:
• Outdoor debris burning prohibited;
• Fireworks and sky lanterns prohibited (year-round);
• Smoking is prohibited in areas of dry vegetation unless in designated locations, inside a vehicle on pavement or on a boat that is on water;
• Motorized vehicles may only be used on paved roads except for the use of commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops; and
• Any electric fence controller must be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services and must be operated in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Visit www.ashland.or.us/fireseason or contact Ashland Fire & Rescue at 541-482-2770 for the most updated restrictions.
Other resources for fire and smoke information include:
• Ashland Firewise – www.ashlandfirewise.org;
• Wildfire Hotline (541-552-2490) provides information on fires currently burning in Ashland and the surrounding area during the summer;
• Emergency Broadcast Radio (1700 AM) provides information on current emergencies affecting the citizens of Ashland (can only be heard in Ashland); and
• Regional fire information can be found at the ODF website at www.swofire.com.