Fire season is in full swing and the current fire danger level for the public is extreme (red).
Medford Public Works and Park crews have stopped mowing and weed eating activities as of Monday, July 30 in order to be in compliance with the current fire restrictions in place.
The following fire restrictions, provided by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Southwest Oregon District
, are in effect:
- The mowing of dead grass with power-driven equipment is prohibited. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops;
- No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels;
- Chain saw use is prohibited;
- Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited;
- No fireworks on forestlands;
- Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited.
- Smoking while traveling will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and other specifically designated locations;
- Open fires are prohibited which includes campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires. Portable cooking stoves used liquefied or bottled fuels are still allowed;
- Motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, will be allowed only on improved roads free of flammable vegetation. One shovel and one gallon of water, or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher, is required while traveling.
- Any 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.