Rogue Valley News, Tuesday, Oct. 1st -Fire Season Officially Ends in Jackson & Josephine Counties

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TUESDAY, OCT. 1, 2019

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Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Sunny, with a high near 68.

Sunny, with a high near 74.

Today’s Headlines…

Recent rains and consistent cooler temperatures have made the conclusion of fire season possible.

Local Fire Season Officially Ends. While this year has been mild in comparison to the 2018 fire season, our firefighters still kept busy on fires and additional calls. 

Since June 1, crews throughout Josephine and Jackson Counties extinguished 214 fires that made up 324 acres total. This is a remarkable accomplishment as firefighters were able to keep more than 98% of fires under 10 acres. This total fire count does not even include the number of alarms firefighters responded to related to fire restriction violations, assisting our local partners, and smoke chases throughout Jackson and Josephine Counties.

The termination of fire season removes fire prevention regulations on equipment use. However, there is no open burning allowed within the City of Grants Pass. City residents will have the opportunity to purchase a permit for the disposal of woody debris. This year’s open burn window will be October 26th through November 3rd.

Permits will be on sale for $10 each starting October 23rd at the Parkway Public Safety Center (800 E. Park Street). Permits will be sold Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 5:00.

Agnes Yu (52) of Happy Valley, OR.  was issued a citation to appear into the Multnomah County Circuit Court on the charge of Unlawful Selling/Distribution of Shark Fin, which is a Class A Misdemeanor.

On September 13, 2019 members of the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division with assistance from Agents of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration completed an investigation into the unlawful selling of shark fins.

The investigation revealed YU unlawfully sold dried shark fin out of Wing Ming Herbs from a location in Portland. The 2011 Oregon Legislature passed HB 2838 which prohibited the possession, selling, offering for sale, trading, or distributing shark fins. It is estimated upwards of 100 million sharks are killed globally each year for their fins.

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety will be hosting an Open House Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at the Parkway Public Safety Center (800 E. Park Street) from 10 a.m until 2 p.m.

The public is encouraged to attend as they open the doors to the Parkway Public Safety Center. You will have the opportunity to tour the fire station and meet the firefighters and police officers from your community!

There will be face painting, balloon animals, Sparky, and hot dogs! Kids of all ages will have a great time! Goodie bags will be available for the kids and educational material will be available for the bigger kids!

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