Change in weather will drop fire danger

Citing cooling temperatures, the Oregon Department of Forestry will drop the fire danger to "high" in Jackson and Josephine counties beginning Sunday.

The National Weather Service office in Medford predicts fall's first cold front will slide across the region on Sunday. The front will bring cooler temperatures and some rain. High temperatures will drop into the 70s and around a tenth of an inch of rain could fall west of the Cascades, a special weather statement warning of the change reported.

Dropping fire danger from its current "extreme" status means reduced restrictions.

However, open burning of debris, including in burn barrels, is still prohibited.

Other rules are relaxed, but remain in effect.

Activities that risk starting fires, including mowing dry grass, using chain saws, and cutting, grinding or welding metal, are restricted between 1 and 8 p.m.

Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels will be allowed in other locations.

Motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads, and smoking is allowed only inside vehicle.

More information about fire season restrictions on ODF-protected lands is available online at or by calling the agency office in Central Point at 541-664-3328 or in Merlin at 541-474-3152.

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