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News Release
Fire Danger Level to rise to MODERATE (Blue) in the City of Grants Pass Monday, June 29 - 06/26/20

Hot weather across southwest Oregon has dried vegetation in the region’s wildlands to the degree that the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District will increase the fire danger level to Moderate (blue) on Monday, June 29. Fire prevention regulations in the City of Grants Pass will increase as well.

The following fire season regulations will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday within the City of Grants Pass.

•             Smoking in areas of flammable vegetation is prohibited.

•             Open wood fueled fires are prohibited, including campfires, cooking fires, and warming fires, except at locations designated by the Fire Marshal. Wood smokers, charcoal barbecues as well as propane and natural gas fueled ornamental fires are allowed.

•             Power saws must be shut down between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Each power saw is required to have one shovel and one fire extinguisher of at least 8-ounce capacity. A firewatch of at least one hour is required following the use of the saw.

•             Cutting, grinding and welding of metal in areas of flammable vegetation in not allowed between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

•             The mowing of dried, cured grass will not be allowed between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

•             Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are only allowed on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except for the culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

•             Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine in areas of flammable vegetation not specifically mentioned will not be allowed between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. During other hours , this equipment must be used in a cleared area and a charged garden hose or one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher is immediately available.

The City Fire Marshal or an authorized representative may, in writing, approve a modification or waiver of these requirements.

For more information about the City of Grants Pass Fire Season regulations, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 541-450-6200

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