Mother Nature has dampened the woods in Jackson and Josephine counties, but Oregon Department of Forestry officials caution that fire season is far from out.

Mother Nature has dampened the woods in Jackson and Josephine counties, but Oregon Department of Forestry officials caution that fire season is far from out.

"We're going to stay at the high fire danger for now," said Greg Alexander, assistant forester in Medford for the department's Southwest Oregon District which includes the two counties.

"With the recent rain, some areas got a decent amount but some got only a little," he added. "The fire danger is still there."

That means restrictions such as a ban on camp fires in undeveloped campgrounds and burn barrels remains in effect, he said.

The recent cooler weather did prompt the department to ease restrictions on industrial operations such as timber harvesting, however, dropping precautions to Level 1, he said.

— Paul Fattig