Advisory: FIRE DANGER INCREASED TO HIGH TODAY: ARE YOU READY TO EVACUATE YOUR HOME?
Dear Nixle User, The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District and City of Ashland increased fire danger to HIGH on Friday, July 17th, at 12:01 a.m. This time of year, flying embers from a wildfire can impact any building in Ashland and cause widespread evacuations.
Is your home and landscape fire adapted? Are YOU prepared to evacuate with little notice?
Here’s what to do today to get ready for wildfire:
- CLEAN all debris from your roof and gutter. If you can’t do this safely, hire someone.
- RAKE away leaves and all bark mulch within 5 feet from your foundation and siding.
- Move wood piles, cardboard, and flammable materials 30 feet away from buildings.
- MAKE your address clearly visible to first responders.
- Remove flammable bushes and small trees within 30 feet of your home and outbuildings
Are you ready to evacuate your home today? Ashland follows the state and national evacuation protocol, READY, SET, GO!
- Create an evacuation plan for your household. Make a list of your priorities.
- Sign up for Nixle emergency notifications from the City of Ashland. This is how we’ll notify you to be ready, when to evacuate, and where to go. Notifications can arrive via text, phone, and email. Leaving early is important!
- Have an idea where you’d shelter overnight (friends who don’t live in Ashland, hotel, or camping). Public shelters may be available, but limited due to COVID19.
- Have essential files easy to grab and copies saved elsewhere. Update insurance policies and catalog your belongings, which can be done via video.
- Outdoor Debris Burning is Prohibited in Declared Fire Season
- Outdoor Fire Pits and Appliances are now prohibited. Gas burning is OK.
- Fireworks are prohibited throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
- Sky Lanterns are prohibited throughout the year within the City of Ashland.
HIGH Fire Danger Restrictions for City of Ashland (in areas of dry vegetation only)
- Power saws must be shut down between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Additionally, saw users must have one shovel and one fire extinguisher (8 oz. capacity or greater) at the job site, and a fire watch must take place for one hour after the saw is shut down.
- Equipment used for the cutting, grinding or welding of metal must be conducted in a cleared area, and all work must stop between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. A charged garden hose or a fire extinguisher (2.5 lb. or larger) must be at the job site.
- The mowing of dry, cured grass with power equipment will not be allowed between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This regulation does not apply to farm equipment used for the culture and harvest of crops.
- The use of any other spark-emitting equipment using an internal combustion engine will not be allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. During other hours, this equipment must be used in a cleared area, and a garden hose or fire extinguisher (2.5 lb. or larger) must be at the equipment site.
- Smoking outdoors is allowed only in an enclosed vehicle, in a boat on the water, in irrigated landscapes, or on paved roads.
- Fire-fighting equipment will be required to be carried in vehicles that travel off of state highways, county roads or driveways. This equipment includes one shovel and a one-gallon container of water or a fire extinguisher (2.5 lb. or larger)
- Electric fence controllers must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, be properly grounded, and tested regularly to ensure firesafe operation.
Find the most current fire danger and restrictions at www.ashland.or.us/fireseason or by contacting Ashland Fire & Rescue at 541-482-2770.
Additional information can be obtained as follows:
- Fire Adapted Ashland: fireadaptedashland.org
- Evacuation Info: ashland.or.us/evacuate
- Smoke and Health: smokewiseashland.org
Regional fire information can be found at the ODF website: www.swofire.com