Heat pushes fire danger to extreme

With forecasters calling for temperatures in the mid-to-high 90s and gusty winds by midweek, the Oregon Department of Forestry raised the fire danger to extreme today in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Chain saw use is now prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Mowing of dry grass is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. except for agricultural mowing of hay.

Previous restrictions had required chainsaw operations to cease at 1 p.m.

The National Weather Service was predicting a high of 98 degrees on Wednesday and 15 mph winds.

All outdoor debris burning is still prohibited, and camp fires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. Open fires are prohibited in the wild and scenic corridor of the Rogue River, and all cooking must be done on gas stoves or with charcoal in fire pans.

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