SWO Fire

News | December 1, 2021

Tyler McCarty Named ODF Southwest Oregon District Forester

JACKSON & JOSEPHINE COUNTIES, Ore. (Dec. 1, 2021) – Following a competitive hiring process, Tyler McCarty has been named District Forester of the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District serving Jackson and Josephine counties. McCarty, who has filled the role in an interim capacity since June 2021, brings more than 20 years of experience […]

News | November 29, 2021

ODF/ODOT ‘Fire & Ice’ Program Leverages Seasonal Work in Southern Oregon

JACKSON & JOSEPHINE COUNTIES, Ore. (Nov. 29, 2021) – A joint staffing program between ODF and ODOT, known as ‘Fire and Ice’ kicks off the winter season providing year-round work for employees through seasonal positions between the departments. Since the 1980s, the program retains experienced employees while providing opportunities in career advancement, leadership and relationship […]

News | October 25, 2021

Restrictions on Industrial Slash Burning Lifted, Expect Additional Burns During Cool, Wet Weather

JACKSON & JOSEPHINE COUNTIES, Ore. (Oct. 25, 2021) – A persistent weather pattern of cooler temperatures and consistent rain has prompted a decrease in restrictions for industrial slash burning, effective immediately. As a result, prescribed fire and industrial slash burning may increase in high-elevation, remote areas throughout Jackson and Josephine Counties. Recent rain and precipitation […]

News | October 6, 2021

Fire Danger Level Decreases to Low in Southwest Oregon District Following Widespread Rain, Additional Forecasted Weather Systems

JACKSON & JOSEPHINE COUNTIES, Ore. (October 6, 2021) – Consistent fall-like weather and widespread rain has made it possible to ease off on some public and industrial fire prevention regulations on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District. Effective Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., the public fire danger level […]