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Ashland tightens fire prevention restrictions

Extreme fire danger means a ban on use of chainsaws and other restrictions went into effect Monday, the city of Ashland has announced.

The restrictions are similar to those put in place by the Oregon Department of Forestry in woodland areas of Jackson County because of the extreme fire danger in the region.

“You can’t use a weed whacker in tall dry grass,” said Brian Ballou of ODF.

Mowing of dead or dry grass or weeds with power equipment and cutting, grinding or welding of metal is also banned in Ashland, except for commercial agricultural purposes or in irrigated, non-combustible areas an eighth of a mile or more from the wildfire hazard zone.

Ashland’s wildfire hazard zone is along the hillside on its southern edge. Maps are available online at www.ashland.or.us/fire.

Mowing of green lawns is still allowed at any time.

Ongoing restrictions to avoid fire danger remain in place in Ashland, including bans on: outdoor debris burning; use of wood in backyard fire pits or metal pans; use of sky lanterns; and smoking in combustible vegetation.

— Tidings staff report