Southern Oregon Department of Forestry Southwestern District officially announced the start of fire season for Wednesday, May 12th. Conditions are pointing to be a busy summer for wildfires. Typically fire season starts at the beginning of June. This year there have been more than 30 wildfires caused by open burning with above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation. These weather conditions can make for an extra busy summer for wildland fires.
What does this mean to the citizens of Jacksonville? Our residents have lost a month of preparation time to get their weeds and grass in compliance with the City's regulations. In the City of Jacksonville, once the Oregon Department of Forestry declares fire season, City employees will start enforcing the weed and grass policy. The Jacksonville Fire Department asks residents to mow tall vegetation and create defensible spaces around their properties to reduce the wildland threat to the City. If you have questions about the weeds and grass Ordinance, you can visit the cities website here or contact the Jacksonville Fire Department at 541-899-7246