Triple-digit temperatures recently have increased the wildfire danger in and around the City of Grants Pass. The official fire danger level is now set to Extreme (Red) within the City of Grants Pass as well as Jackson and Josephine counties.
The primary difference between current fire prevention restrictions and those beginning on Wednesday affects the public use of power-driven equipment, such as chain saws and mowers. The use of power-driven equipment, grinding, cutting of metal, and other spark-emitting equipment, such as wood splitters and generators, will be prohibited in areas of flammable vegetation.
The public fire restrictions that go into effect on Wednesday are detailed below.
- Power saws are not allowed to be used at any time in areas of flammable vegetation.
- Equipment used for the cutting, grinding, or welding of metal may not be used at any time in areas of flammable vegetation.
- The mowing of dry, cured grass with power equipment may not take place at any time.
- The use of any other spark-emitting equipment using an internal combustion engine is disallowed at any time in areas of flammable vegetation.
The following fire prevention regulations shall remain in effect:
- 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.
- 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.
- Smoking is allowed only in an enclosed vehicle, in a boat on the water, or in a cleared area within a campsite.
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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