We at the Illinois Valley Fire District currently acquired a grant and with this grant we have decided to create a county wide disaster preparedness database. What is that? Right now we are in the early stages of the project so we are reaching out to the community through a preparedness survey to determine where, what and who to contact in the event of a disaster. Our goal is to be able to take the information we have gathered and with our partners at the Josephine County Emergency Operation Center and put it into a Geographic Information System (GIS) Map, to display businesses and other resources in the proximity to an event. This way we will be able to easily identify what resources are nearby during an event and whom we need to contact if those resources are needed. Our system is also confidential and only accessible to those in our fire district. We hope you decide to assist us in the completion of our project.
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Equipment and Burning Restrictions:
Very dry conditions in southwest Oregon’s forests and wildlands makes it necessary for the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District to shut down public use of power-driven and spark-emitting internal combustion engines starting Monday, Aug. 15, at 8:00 a.m.
The pubic regulated use fire danger level will be “extreme” (red) but the Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at 2 (two).
These regulations affect the 1.8 million acres of state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.
Below are the public regulated use restrictions that take effect Monday:
- Chain saw use will be prohibited;
- Mowing of dried and cured grass with power driven equipment will be prohibited, except for the mowing of green lawns, or the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops;
- Cutting, grinding and welding of metal will be prohibited;
- The use of any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine will be prohibited.
The following public regulated use restrictions are currently in effect and will remain in effect:
- Debris burning is prohibited;
- Burn barrel use is prohibited;
- Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads;
- Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed;
- Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles is prohibited, except on improved roads;
- Use of fireworks is prohibited;
- Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed be a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and 2) Operated in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions;
- Use of exploding targets is prohibited;
- Use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited;
- Use of sky lanterns is prohibited.
For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s public regulated use regulations, please call or visit the Southwest Oregon District unit office nearest to you:
- Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. (541) 664-3328
- Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr., Grants Pass. (541) 474-3152
We are having our Fall CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team) Disaster Training. Stop by our office at 681 Caves Hwy and pick up an application. For more information please call 541-592-2225.
Whether you are out in the valley, or right downtown Cave Junction, IV Fire can help you stay fire safe.
As we embark of shaping the future of the Illinois Valley Fire District through strategic planning, we need feedback on what are YOUR expectations are of the fire district. The survey takes less than five minutes. The information you provide is invaluable. Please take a few minutes and tell us what you think. The community we serve is an intricate part of shaping our future.
Did we recently respond to your call for emergency service? Did a member of the Illinois Valley Fire District give you an IVFD “run number” and ask you to fill out a survey regarding the call? If so, you can use this form to give us your feedback on the level of service you were provided…