Fire Danger Ratings - As of 5/1/2020 -
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FIRE SEASON IN EFFECT FOR JACKSON AND JOSEPHINE COUNTIES IN SOUTHWESTERN OREGON
Drier conditions leading to numerous fires (34 so far in April) have prompted ODF's SW Oregon District to declare the start of fire season beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 1st.
The SW Oregon District covers all of Jackson and Josephine counties. It is the first ODF district in the state to declare the start of fire season.
The fire danger rating will begin at LOW. Also:
- All backyard debris burning and burning in incinerators will be prohibited. No burn permits will be issued.
- The Industrial Fire Precaution Level will be at IFPL 1
- Public use restrictions (regulated use) will be in effect, including:
• No fireworks;
• No smoking in areas with dry vegetation;
• No use of tracer ammunition and exploding targets. Starting Friday these are disallowed on all lands at all times.
During low fire danger, campfires are allowed with the landowner’s permission.
This is the earliest start to fire season since 1968 and only the third time in the 21st century that fire season has started before June 1st. The last years fire season started in May were May 24, 2006 and May 15, 2001.
NO fireworks or sky lanterns are ever allowed on state protected lands in Oregon or California, and in National Forest lands, BLM lands, National Park lands, or US Fish and Wildlife lands.