Be Fire Aware: Low Fire Restrictions in Effect on Bureau of Land Management Public Lands in Medford District

BLM Office:

Medford District Office


Medford DO

Media Contact:

Kyle Sullivan

MEDFORD, Ore. – Thanks to widespread rain and cooler temperatures, Bureau of Land Management Medford District officials are reducing public use restrictions on BLM-managed lands in southern Oregon. Starting October 23, 2022 at 12:01 a.m., BLM-managed lands in Jackson and Josephine Counties will move to a low fire danger level.

In low fire danger, fire prevention regulations which will remain in effect, include:

  • No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels.
  • The possession, ignition or use of fireworks is prohibited.
  • Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, metal targets, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited.
  • Smoking while traveling will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and other specifically designated locations.

Visitors to BLM-managed public lands are also required to carry tools with them to ensure small fires can be put out quickly, including a shovel, axe and at least one gallon of water or a 2.5 pound fire extinguisher.

Violation of these restrictions can result in a fine up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

For updated information on public use restrictions, please visit and the Oregon Department of Forestry at

Visit to learn how you can prepare for fire season.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.