Effective July 9, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Will Move to High Fire Danger

Contact(s): Chamise Kramer, Public Affairs Specialist (541) 618-2051, Rob Budge, Deputy Fire Staff (Fuels) (541) 618-2102

As the temperatures heat up across southwest Oregon, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is moving to “High” fire danger on all Districts, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level remains at Level 1 across the Forest.

Fire agencies in southwest Oregon are urging caution for all those participating in outdoor activities this season. “The right conditions can mean that just one small spark from an unattended fire, muzzle of a gun, or the hot exhaust pipe on a vehicle can ignite fine fuels,” says Eric Hensel, Fire Staff Officer for the RRSNF.

The RRSNF is currently under Stage 1 Public Use Restrictions, which reduce the risk of human-caused fires by limiting where open flames may occur, and areas where smoking or operating internal combustion engines is permissible. The Wild and Scenic Rogue River also has restrictions in place.

For more information on current fire restrictions, call (541) 618-2200 or the nearest Ranger District. People are also encouraged to follow the RRSNF on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date fire danger information.