Rain Brings an End to Fire Season
Several days of rain across the southwest Oregon region has brought fire season to an end effective tonight at midnight, on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties. The public regulated use fire danger level drops to “low” at that time and all public and industrial fire prevention regulations will be lifted.
It was a busy summer for firefighters across southwest Oregon. Crews responded to more than 330 fires, 126 of which were caused by lightning. More than 43,000 acres of forestland burned on the district, much of it in the Big Windy and Douglas complexes in northern Josephine County.
Southwest Oregon residents are urged to use caution when burning debris this fall. Many structural fire protection districts require a permit to burn piled debris or to use burn barrels, and both counties issue daily air quality advisories.
Call the county’s open burning line at (541) 476-9663 before burning to find out whether open burning is allowed.