May 31, 2024 2:50 am.

Fire season on lands protected by the Southwest Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry begins Saturday.

Public Information Officer Natalie Weber said the fire danger level will be low and the industrial fire precaution level will be at 1. Weber said the areas affected by this declaration include 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forestlands. Josephine and Jackson counties.

According to the release, spring rain, snow and cooler weather patterns made for a fairly fire-free spring in southern Oregon through mid-March. Since then, the ODF Southwest Oregon District has responded to 14 fires, all human-caused. Together these fires were stopped on a total of 10 hectares.

With the onset of the fire season, these activities are prohibited:

*No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels.

*No fireworks on or within 1/8 mile of ODF protected land.

*Exploding targets and tracer munitions, or bullets with a pyrotechnic charge in the base, are prohibited.

*Campfires are permitted at designated campsites and on private property with landowner permission. Portable heaters using liquid or bottled fuels may be used at any time in areas without vegetation.

*Smoking while traveling is only permitted in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and in other specifically designated locations.

There will also be other restrictions in place. For full information on the ODF’s Fire Season Rules, visit: Details are also on the agency’s Facebook page and X account.

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