Fire danger level climbs to high

, Posted: Mon, June 16 2014 at 9:01 AM, Updated: Mon, June 16 2014 at 9:56 AM

Fire danger level climbs to high

Medford Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Forestry is elevating the fire threat for Jackson and Josephine counties.

Starting Monday, the fire danger level has been raised to "high" (yellow). Among other restrictions, you cannot mow your lawn or use a chain saw between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Public regulated use restrictions that will take effect on Monday include:

  • No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels;
  • No fireworks use on forestlands;
  • Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, will be prohibited;
  • Campfires will be allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels will be allowed in other locations;
  • Motorized vehicles will be allowed only on improved roads;
  • Chain saws may not be used between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. During other hours, 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 will not be allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops;
  • Cutting, grinding or welding metal will not be allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. These activities will be allowed during other hours provided the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site;
  • Smoking while traveling will be allowed only in enclosed vehicles on improved roads;
  • Electric fence controllers must be approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., 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.

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