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Posted on: May 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Fire Season Information

Fire Season Keep Up to Date Fire Danger Low

Fire Season began May 1. Rainfall amounts in the Rogue Basin are several inches lower than normal, and the extended forecast for fire season conditions calls for continued below-normal precipitation and above-normal temperatures.

Fire Restrictions

The newly adopted City Municipal Code 9.15 Regulated Closure Fire Restrictions are now in effect 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.  

Permitted (some restrictions)

  • Power saw use is permitted all day during low fire danger. 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 each saw.
  • Cutting, grinding and welding of metal in areas of flammable vegetation is permitted all day during low fire danger.
  • The mowing of dried, cured grass is permitted all day during low fire danger.
  • 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 is permitted when conducted in a cleared area and a charged garden hose or one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher is immediately available.

Current Wildfire Information

Get current information about active wildfires in Southern Oregon and beyond, on the Current Wildfire Information page.

Evacuation and Fire Map

Check the Jackson and Josephine County Wildfire Activity map for fire boundaries and evacuation levels.

Air Quality App

Look for OregonAir in your app store to get easy access to the current Air Quality Index on your phone.

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