Monday, October 16, 2017

Burn Ban Lifted for Hood River and Wasco Counties

As a cooperative effort between The Oregon Department of Forestry, and local fire agencies within Hood River and Wasco Counties, the Burn Ban in Wasco county and the modified Burn Ban in Hood River county will be lifted as of 1:00 am on October 14th 2017.  This applies to burn barrels and small back yard piles.  At this time large industrial piles or fuels treatment project piles are not being allowed.  Burning permits are still required for all outdoor burning activities.  Make sure you have a valid permit from either the Oregon Department of Forestry or your local fire department, and use caution with any burning you plan to do. 

Make sure you have an adequate buffer around your pile or barrel.  Have a good water source on site that is operational and ready for use.  Digging tools are required to have on site in the case there is an escaped fire.  Plan your burning activities on cool days when the wind is calm.  Make sure you know the specific requirements that pertain to your area before conducting any burn and follow all burn permit instructions.  As always, if you have any questions, want to report any unsafe burning, or have an escaped fire please contact your local fire agency.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Debris Burning Information

A Burn Permit is required for burning yard debris or forestry slash, including material from defensible space activities in the Prineville-Sisters and The Dalles units.  Uncontrolled and escaped debris fires pose a significant threat to adjacent fuels. To minimize risk of escaped fire never leave a fire unattended, have firefighting tools on-site, and follow your burn permit restrictions.  Consider covering burn piles to keep the fuels dry and waiting until later in the fall/winter to burn when the risk of an escaped burn is minimal.

Uncontrolled fire, or burning without a permit or during a closed burn season can result in citations and fines, as well as liability for any costs associated with suppression of the fire. Consider alternatives to burning such as chipping, composting and debris removal programs through your local landfill.

The Dalles Unit includes Hood River and Wasco counties.  The Prineville-Sisters Units include Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and a small portion of Lake counties.

Burning on lands protected by the Central Oregon District's John Day Unit is prohibited until Fire Season is terminated.  This includes District protected lands in Wheeler, Gilliam, Morrow, Harney, Grant, Umatilla counties.

If you have questions regarding burn permits or open burning inside the Central Oregon District please contact your local ODF Office.  ODF Central Oregon District Contact Information.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Open burning closed for Fire Season

Debris burning, including burn barrels, is prohibited on lands inside Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon District. Escaped and rekindled burns account for a significant portion of the human caused fires each year within the District. The intent of banning open fires is to eliminate this potential during fire season when fire danger is high and the risk of rapid spread is increased.  Firefighting resources working to put out preventable human caused fires contributes to long term fatigue and could prevent firefighters from being able to respond in a timely manner to lightning fires.  These preventable fires also increase unnecessary exposure and risk to our firefighters.

If you have questions regarding open burning during fire season please contact your local ODF office or rural fire department.