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30 July 2015: ODF:

   POWER EQUIPMENT SHUTDOWN STARTS AUGUST 1 ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS IN SW OREGON

   Chain saws, gasoline-powered brush cutters and mowers, and all other machinery using internal combustion engines are being shut down on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties starting Saturday, August 1. Industrial operations, such as logging, must shut down most equipment by 1:00 p.m. starting Saturday when Industrial Fire Precaution Level 3 (three) takes effect.
These measures are necessary to prevent wildfires as much of the southwest portion of the state enters into a period of hot weather, low humidity and a threat of thunderstorms.
The public regulated use fire danger level climbed to "Extreme" (red) yesterday and will remain at that level for the foreseeable future.
"The fire danger is at its highest point right now," said District Forester Dan Thorpe, "and there isn't any relief in sight. On top of this, we've just seen a fire to the north of us cross the Umpqua River and quickly burn 270 acres. It's time to take some additional steps to prevent other fires from starting in southwest Oregon."
Southwest Oregon residents may continue to mow green lawns, and power equipment may be used for crop production and harvest on agricultural lands, but power machinery use in dry grass, forests and brushlands must end by Saturday morning. Welding and the grinding or cutting of metal any activity that produces sparks must also stop on ODF-protected areas starting Saturday.
Other public fire prevention regulations remain unchanged. Campfires may be used in county, state and federal campgrounds, unless otherwise posted. Vehicles are allowed only on improved roads. Smoking while traveling may only take place inside of an enclosed vehicle. Fireworks, tracer ammunition, exploding targets and sky lanterns are not allowed in wildland or forested areas.
Under Industrial Fire Precaution Level 3, the following fire prevention regulations take effect:

  • Cable yarding will not be allowed. However, gravity operated-logging systems employing non-motorized carriages may operate until 1:00 p.m. and after 8:00 p.m. These systems must have all blocks and moving lines suspended 10 feet above the ground, except the line between the carriage and the chokers;
  • Power saw use will not be allowed. However, power saws may be used until 1:00 p.m. and after 8:00 p.m. at loading sites and on tractor or skidder operations;
  • In addition, the following equipment and operations must shut down between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.:
    • Tractor/skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fireline are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start;
    • Mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material;
    • Blasting;
    • Welding or cutting of metal;
    • Any spark-emitting activity not specifically mentioned above.


The following IFPL regulations are currently in effect and will remain in effect:
  • The use of fire in any form is prohibited;
  • Commercial operations must have fire suppression equipment on the job site;
  • Watchman service must be provided.


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 prevention regulations are also posted online at www.swofire.com.
   


20150728-20
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28 July 2015: Evans Fire District #6:

   Around the Station

      "What's New Around the Fire Station"
   
   Curbs have been added to the parking area next to the station.
   Testing of all the hoses has been completed - making sure they will work properly when they are needed.
   A new picnic table has been constructed & basketball backboard installed.
   We'd like to "Thank" the community for their continued support.
   
   
    Click for Gallery of 24 Photos 
   
     


ODF
  

25 July 2015: ODF:

   Fire Danger Level Climbs to Extreme on Tuesday

   The fire danger level on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in Jackson and Josephine counties rises to "extreme" (red) at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 28. This affects 1.8 million acres of state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management lands within ODF's Southwest Oregon District.

The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will remain at Level 2 (two).

The primary difference between current fire prevention regulations and those taking effect Tuesday affects power-driven equipment, such as chain saws and mowers. Power-driven equipment will be required to shut down at 10:00 a.m. instead of 1:00 p.m., and users of other power-driven, spark-emitting equipment, such as wood splitters and generators, must also shut down at 10:00 a.m. Equipment use may resume after 8:00 p.m. In all cases, a fire watch of at least one hour should take place after the equipment is shut down.

Here are the details of the adjusted fire prevention regulations taking effect on July 28:

  • Chain saw use will be prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chain saw use will be permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one 8-ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch will be required at least one hour following the use of each saw.
  • The cutting, grinding and welding of metal will be prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. These activities will be permitted during other hours if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present.
  • The mowing of dry or dead grass with power-driven equipment will be prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This will not apply to the mowing of green lawns, or the use of equipment for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • The operation of any other spark-emitting machinery not specifically mentioned above will be prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.


The following fire prevention regulations are currently in effect and will remain in effect until the fire danger level drops significantly:
  • Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.
  • Debris burning is prohibited.
  • Burn barrel use is prohibited.
  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in approved fire rings at designated campgrounds. In other locations, portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
  • Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, may only be used on improved roads, except when used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
  • Any electric fence controller in use shall be listed be a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and operated in compliance with the manufacturer's instructions.
  • The use of exploding targets is prohibited.
  • The use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited.
  • The 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:
  • 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 prevention regulations are also posted online at www.swofire.com.
   


20150724-01
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24 July 2015: Evans Fire District #6:

   SPECIAL

      "Newest Mercy Flight Helicopter"
   
   Chief Fuller attended the unveiling of the newest Mercy Flights Helicopter in Medford.
   He was also privileged to take a ride along with County Commissioners Colleen Roberts &Rick Dyer.
   
   
    Click for Gallery of 4 Photos 
   
     


20150721-01
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18 July 2015: Evans Fire District #6:

   TRAINING

      "Lucky 13 Communications Challenge"
   
   EVFD#6 was host to a joint training with RRFD for Lucky 13 Communications Challenge.
   Two blindfolded firefighters must follow directions given over the radio to locate 13 pieces of PVC and assemble a final item.
   This is done while other firefighters do their best to distract & confuse the blindfolded firefighters.
   
   
    Click for Gallery of 24 Photo 
   
     


20150719-01
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18 July 2015: Evans Fire District #6:

   TRAINING

      "DPSST: Mobile Water Supply Appaaratus Operator" Day 2
   
   EVFD#6 was host to a DPSST training for Mobile Water Supply Appaaratus Operator.
   Day 2 had representatives from District 5, Jacksonville, Wolf Creek, Illinois Valley, Rogue River & Evans Valley
   We'd like to "Thank" DPSST & all the various agency that participated.
   It was definitely an intensive & educational event.
   
    Click for Gallery of 48 Photo 
   
     


20150718-01
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18 July 2015: Evans Fire District #6:

   TRAINING

      "DPSST: Mobile Water Supply Appaaratus Operator" Day 1
   
   EVFD#6 was host to a DPSST training for Mobile Water Supply Appaaratus Operator.
   Day 1 had representatives from District 5, Jacksonville, Wolf Creek, Illinois Valley, Rogue River & Evans Valley
   We'd like to "Thank" DPSST & all the various agency that participated.
   
   
    Click for Gallery of 16 Photo 
   
     


20150716-01
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16 July 2015: Evans Fire District #6:

   SPECIAL

      "R.I.T.A. Fire Fighter 1 Academy Graduation"
   
   RRFD hosted the R.I.T.A. Fire Fighter 1 Academy Graduation where Evans Valley Fire District #6 had 1 participant.
   We'd like to congratulate everyone who graduated, especially our own, Christian.
   Evans Valley Fire District #6 hosted several of the classes.
   View our Training Gallery to view photos these classes or click on the links below.
     3 May 2015
     17 May 2015
     19 May 2015
     23 May 2015
     11 July 2015
   
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20150711-01
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11 July 2015: Evans Fire District #6:

   TRAINING

      "Firefighter 1 Academy"
   
   EVFD#6 was host to Firefighter 1 Academy training classes again today.
   Training was on Overhaul & Recovery
   
   
   
    Click for Gallery of 48 Photo 
   
     


20150709
   

9 July 2015: Evans Fire District #6:

   Board of Directors

      "New Board Member Sworn In"
   
   EVFD#6 would like to welcome our newest Board Member, Sherill Boots.
   She was sworn in at the Board Meeting & we are happy to have her on our board..
   EVFD#6 would like say "Thank You for your service, time and expertise" to departing board member Brian Chapman.
   We were enriched & improved by all your hard work at Evans Valley Fire District #6.
   
   
     


201507
   

9 July 2015: Evans Fire District #6:

   NEWSLETTER

      "New Newsletter Available"
   
   EVFD has released it's latest issue of their "Fully Involved" newsletter.
   You can download this and all previous issues on our Newsletter webpage.
   
     


ODF
   

7 July 2015: NOAA:

   Red Flag Warning

      THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEDFORD HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING
   

  • IMPACTS: INCREASING THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY WILL CREATE ERRATIC FIRE BEHAVIOR AND NEW FIRE STARTS.
  • WINDS: WIND GUSTS OF 30 TO 40 MPH ARE POSSIBLE.
  • AFFECTED AREA: IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRE ZONES 280, 281 & 284 AND IN SOUTHWEST OREGON FIRE ZONES 616, 617, 619, 620, 621, 622, 623 & 624.


   ABUNDANT LIGHTNING ON EXISTING VERY DRY FUELS COULD CAUSE NUMEROUS NEW FIRE IGNITIONS. GUSTY AND ERRATIC OUTFLOW WINDS COULD ALSO CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

Fire Weather Map


    




ODF
  

2 July 2015: Oregon State Fire Marshal:

   Legal-Illegal Fireworks Guide

   The Oregon State Fire Marshal has released a guide of the Legal & Illegal fireworks
     You can view/download it in "PDF" format at the link below.
       2015 Fireworks Guide
   
   
   
   



ODF
  

1 July 2015: ODF:

   Industrial Fire Precaution Level now at Level 2

   The IFPL II restrictions apply only to contractors and permit holders, including those with permits to cut firewood for personal use. These restrictions are not applicable to standard recreational uses, such as campfires, which have separate restrictions that may apply.
   
   Under IFPL II:

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




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