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2 October 2016: ODF:

   Fire Danger Level: Moderate


The lower temperatures and forecasted rainfall has prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District to drop the fire danger level to "Moderate" (blue) Sunday, October 2, 2016.
In addition, the Industrial Fire Precaution Level will reduce to level I (one), also effective tomorrow.
The fire prevention regulations put into effect on June 30 remain in force. These regulations listed below affect 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management lands in Jackson and Josephine counties that are protected by ODF's Southwest Oregon District.
Fire prevention regulations currently in effect, and which will remain in effect, include:

  • No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels;
  • No firework use on forestlands;
  • Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited;
  • No sky lanterns may be used in wildland and forestland areas.

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry's public regulated use regulations, please call or visit the Southwest Oregon District unit office nearest to you:
  • Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. (541) 664-3328
  • Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr., Grants Pass. (541) 474-3152

Fire season information is also available online at www.swofire.com.
   
   
    
   
     



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22 September 2016: ODF:

Fire Danger Level Drops to High


Cooler temperatures and higher humidity across southwest Oregon have made it possible to ease off on some of the fire prevention regulations. However, warm and dry weather is expected to return to the region by the weekend.
The fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties will be lowered to "high" (yellow) on September 22, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at level 2 (two).
These regulations affect 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management lands protected by ODF's Southwest Oregon District.
Restrictions on the public use of chain saws, brush cutters and other power-driven or spark-emitting machinery are being slightly relaxed, allowing the use of equipment until 10:00 a.m. and after 8 p.m. Today will be the last day power-driven and/or spark-emitting machinery is completely prohibited.
Other fire prevention regulations which will remain in effect, include:
  • No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels;
  • No firework use on forestlands;
  • Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited;
  • No sky lanterns may be used in wildland and forestland areas.
  • Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels may be used in other locations;
  • Motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads;
  • Chain saws may be used until 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. Chain saw users must have an ax, a shovel and an 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the job site, and a fire watch is required for one hour after the saw is shut down;
  • Mowing of dead or dry grass with power-driven equipment is allowed until 10:00 a.m., and may resume after 8:00 p.m. This restriction does not apply to mowing green lawns, or to equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops;
  • The cutting, grinding or welding of metal are allowed until 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. These activities may only take place at a site cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and with a water supply at the job site;
  • Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine not specifically mentioned is permitted during high fire danger before 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. as long as it is conducted in a cleared area and has a charged garden hose or one 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher immediately available.
  • Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and other designated locations;
  • Electric fence controllers must be approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, 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.

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry's public regulated use regulations, or Industrial Fire Precaution Levels, please call or visit the Southwest Oregon District unit office nearest to you:
  • Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. (541) 664-3328
  • Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr., Grants Pass. (541) 474-3152

Fire season information is also available online at www.swofire.com.





   

13 September 2016: Evans Fire District #6:

   Press Release

      FEMA Awards "Assistance to Firefighters Grant" to Evans Valley Fire District #6
   
   Late last week an e-mail was sent to the Evans Valley Fire District #6. They notified our office to congratulate Chief Fuller on his recent FEMA grant award. The grant was awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
   The grant will allow for the replacement of our "first-out" structure engine (pumper). The engine being replaced was purchased new in 1985.
   The total dollar amount to be awarded is just over $135,347. 5% of the total grant amount must be matched by the fire district. This money will come from the fire district's "Apparatus Replacement Fund". This fund was created last year to save up for a replacement fire engine. Delivery of the new vehicle will occur within the next six months.
   Chief Fuller is very pleased (and amazed) to be upgrading this fire apparatus. This vehicle will help us to serve and protect our citizens for many years to come. This could only be accomplished through a grant, as our budget would be unable to absorb such an expensive upgrade at this time.
   
   
   
   
     


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15 August 2015: ODF-SWO:

   FIRE DANGER LEVEL

      "EXTREME FIRE DANGER".

   Very dry conditions in southwest Oregon's forests and wildlands makes it necessary for the Oregon Department of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District to shut down public use of power-driven and spark-emitting internal combustion engines starting Monday, Aug. 15, at 8:00 a.m.
   
   The pubic regulated use fire danger level will be "extreme" (red) but the Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at 2 (two).
   
   These regulations affect the 1.8 million acres of state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.
   
Below are the public regulated use restrictions that take effect Monday:

  • Chain saw use will be prohibited;
  • Mowing of dried and cured grass with power driven equipment will be prohibited, except for the mowing of green lawns, or the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops;
  • Cutting, grinding and welding of metal will be prohibited;
  • The use of any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine will be prohibited.


The following public regulated use restrictions are currently in effect and will remain in effect:
  • Debris burning is prohibited;
  • Burn barrel use is prohibited;
  • Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads;
  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations.Ę Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed;
  • Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles is prohibited, except on improved roads;
  • Use of fireworks is prohibited;
  • Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed be a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and 2) Operated in compliance with manufacturer's instructions;
  • Use of exploding targets is prohibited;
  • Use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited;
  • Use of sky lanterns is prohibited.


For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry's fire season regulations, contact the unit office in your area:

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry's public regulated use regulations, please call or visit the Southwest Oregon District unit office nearest to you:
  • Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. (541) 664-3328
  • Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr., Grants Pass. (541) 474-3152


Southwest Oregon District fire prevention regulations are also posted online at www.swofire.com.


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10 August 2016: ODF:

   Public Service Announcement

      "If You Fly, We Can't!"
   
   Wildfires are often fast-spreading and unpredictable making it difficult for ground crews to navigate alone. This is why firefighting aircraft are an integral part of fire suppression.
   However, aircraft cannot be used to fight fire if UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), more commonly known as drones, are detected above or within a 5-mile radius of a wildfire. Both UAS and firefighting aircraft fly at low altitudes creating the potential for a mid-air collision which can injure or kill firefighters in the sky, crews on the ground, and the neighboring public.
   This dangerous situation is why we ground all aircraft until UAS are removed from a wildfire. While aircraft is suspended, wildfires have the capacity to grow larger threatening more lives and property.
   Please join the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District in sharing our message: "If you fly, we can't!" Together, we can keep everyone in the air and on the ground safe allowing us to attack and suppress wildfires faster than if we worked alone.
   Below is the link to our PSA and our Facebook page where the message is currently posted.
   


   
   
    
   
     


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28 July 2016: ODF:

   Industrial Fire Precaution Level

      "IFPL Rises to Level 2 on Friday"
   
   Increased fire danger on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District has made it necessary to increase the fire prevention measures on industrial operations, such as logging sites and other commercial operations. Industrial Fire Precaution Level II (two) takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 29, and includes the following restrictions:

  • The use of fire in any form will be prohibited
  • The use of power saws will be prohibited, except at loading sites, between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • The use of cable yarders will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Blasting will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Welding or cutting of metal will be prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

   Additionally, commercial operators on forestlands are required to have fire suppression equipment on site and provide watchman service.
   These regulations affect all state, county, private and Bureau of Land Management lands in Jackson and Josephine counties. The regulated use zones affected by this proclamation include SW-1, SW-2, SW-3, SW-4, SK-3, RR-1, RR-2 and RR-3, and all forestland within one-eighth of a mile of these zones.
   The public regulated use fire danger level remains at "high" (yellow).
   For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry's fire season regulations, contact the unit office in your area:
  • Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. Phone: (541) 664-3328
  • Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Drive, Grants Pass. Phone: (541) 474-3152

   Southwest Oregon District fire precaution level information is also posted online at www.swofire.com.
   
    
   
     



   

25 July 2016: Evans Fire District #6:

   Press Release

      "EVFD#6 has Earned a new ISO Rating"
   
   Earlier this morning, Chief Fuller was notified that EVFD#6 has earned a new ISO rating (Insurance Services Office). This rating is used by many insurance companies to determine a homeowner’s fire insurance rate.
   The fire district improved its rating from an 8b to a 5/10 rating. Anyone with a home within 5 miles of the fire station will be rated as a 5. Homes beyond 5 miles will be rated as a 10. The new rating will take effect on November 01, 2016.
   
   It has been over 20 years since the fire district has improved its fire rating. This could not have been possible without our Student Staffing Program. An operations tax levy made it possible to start our student staffing program several years ago.
   
   Chief Fuller is very delighted with the fire district’s new rating. Improving the fire districts rating has been on our “Strategic Plan” for some time now. Another goal checked off as completed!
   
   
   
   
     



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