Rogue Valley News, Thursday, Oct. 3nd – Fire Season Over in State of Oregon

Rogue Valley News update, from RogueValleyMagazine.com

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2, 2019

Rogue Valley Weather

Today
Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.  Overnight, a 20% chance of showers, low of 46.

Thursday
A 20 percent chance of showers during the day, high near 64. Some showers likely overnight, low of 45.

Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 72.

Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 79.

Today’s Headlines…

Oregon State Police is continuing their investigation into an assault that occurred at approximately 8:40 P.M. on Monday. Two people were assaulted, one male was flown to OHSU with serious injuries and a female was transported by ground to an area hospital with serious injuries.

There is currently no suspect in custody, however OSP does not feel there is an ongoing threat to the general public as the suspect was known to the victims.

The 2019 fire season officially ends today on all lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The last district to end its fire season is the Southwest Oregon District covering Josephine and Jackson counties.The 923 wildfires on ODF-protected lands this year is about average.

However, thanks to favorable conditions and successful initial attack, the 16,867 total acres burned is 56 percent below average. Based on the average number of days in fire season across all ODF Districts, this year was the shortest fire season in the 21st century at only 99 days. This is about three weeks shorter than the 121-day fire season average for ODF across all Districts.

The end of fire season removes restrictions on ODF-protected lands intended to prevent wildfire, such as on backyard debris burning and use of certain equipment. Many structural fire departments in Oregon, however, still require a permit for debris burning, so check with your local fire department before starting a burn. As Oregon transitions out of fire season, ODF districts across the state are shifting their attention to wildfire prevention efforts. Clearing vegetation, creating defensible space around homes, and keeping those debris piles under control are just a few ways ODF is working with local landowners, members of the public and fellow fire response agencies to mitigate wildfire risk.

For more tips on how to keep yourself, your loved ones and your property safe from wildfire at any time of year, visit ODF’s Fire Prevention webpage at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FirePrevention.aspx or go to the Keep Oregon Green website at www.KeepOregonGreen.org.

Mt. Ashland Season Ski Passes are on sale during the month of October.

You can take advantage of these great prices today so that you can enjoy Mt. Ashland all winter long.Season Pass holders also enjoy some great benefits too, including:

An Adult Season Pass is just $424 While a Junior Season Pass is just $374 and a Youth Season Pass is just $214. Senior, Child and College Season Passes are also available. Mt. Ashland is also offering our 2-month interest-free financing option if that will help you.

In partnership with Asante Foundation and Grants Pass Fire /Rescue, the Grants Pass Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 3564 will swap their blue and red uniform T-shirts for blue and pink ones during the month of October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

However, T-shirts are not just for the firefighters. The public can also purchase a pink Grants Pass Professional Firefighters T-shirt starting Oct. 1st at the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Parkway Public Safety Center located at 800 E Park Street. The T-shirts are available in a  limited supply of all sizes up to 2XL at a cost of $20 with all profits going directly to the Asante Foundation in care of Breast Cancer programs. IAFF Local 3564 purchased the T-shirts that will be worn on-duty by firefighters with money donated by its membership.

The Asante Foundation, Grants Pass Fire/Rescue and the members of the Grants Pass Professional Firefighters local are committed to raising awareness of cancers and other ailments that affect our community. Grants Pass Professional Firefighters participate in MDA, the stair climb for Leukemia/Lymphoma in Seattle, and other programs to raise money, awareness, and treatment for these illnesses.

The Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University has received a $1 million gift to explore hemp genomics, research that can grow understanding of how hemp may be used in health and nutrition products, textiles and construction materials.

In a statement the university said the gift to the OSU Foundation was provided by Oregon CBD, a hemp seed research and development company. The Global Hemp Innovation Center was launched in June by OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and is the largest, most comprehensive hemp research center in the nation

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