Fire Season Begins Monday
Fire season on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest District begins Monday at 12:01 a.m. The fire danger level will be moderate and Industrial Fire Precaution level will be one. This declaration affects state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management forests in Josephine and Jackson County.
The dry winter has left vegetation unusually low on moisture content and with the extended summer forecast predicting hotter and dryer conditions, the likelihood of wildfires is high.
Here are the fire season restrictions:
• Debris burning will be prohibited, except burn barrels for which a burn permit has been obtained from ODF or local structural fire protection districts. Burn barrel use will be completely prohibited beginning July 1.
• The use of fireworks on forestlands will be prohibited.
• Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, will be prohibited;
• In the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River between Grave creek and Marial:
o Campfires must be in fire pans or on a fire blanket that is placed on sand or gravel bars between the river and the high water mark, and only in areas which are naturally free of flammable vegetation;
o Smoking will be permitted on sand and gravel bars between the river and the high water mark, and only in areas naturally free of flammable vegetation, or in boats and rafts while on the river;
o Travelers must carry a shovel and a bucket with a capacity of at least one gallon
• Commercial operations, such as timber harvesting conducted on forestlands, will be required to have fire suppression equipment on the job site at all times. A watchman must also be provided.