Fire danger level will rise Friday

The fire danger level on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in Jackson and Josephine counties climbs to extreme or "red" at 1 a.m. Friday, the department has announced.

The industrial fire precaution level was elevated to Level 2 today and will remain there, fire officials said.

With the fire danger level at red, people are barred from using chain saws, mowing dry grass, firing up internal combustion engines on generators, chippers or wood splitters, or cutting, grinding or welding metal between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

These additional restrictions on activities that can spark wildfires join a host of other prohibitions designed to reduce fire risk. Continuing restrictions include bans on open burning, fireworks, smoking outside vehicles, and driving on unimproved roads. Campfires are allowed only in designated areas.

Under the new restrictions, campfires will no longer be allowed in fire pits in Ashland's Lithia Park.

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