Burning Regulations


Many But Not All Fire Districts Set to Open Burning

The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) announces that burn season will open at sunrise on November 1st, 2018 for many of the local fire districts regionally in Central Oregon. With the recent fall weather and precipitation received in areas, the Fire Chiefs local fire departments, the US Forest Service, the BLM, and Oregon Department of Forestry have agreed that many areas are now safe to enter into burn season.

Even with many fire districts opening burn season, Central Oregon Fire Chiefs remind residents that they need to call their local fire district to ensure the district is allowing burning at this time, that it is a burn day, and to obtain any necessary permits.

“Even though we are entering burn season is many areas, some areas are still too dry for outdoor burning. In districts where burning is open weather conditions such as high winds or warm fall weather can make outdoor burning unsafe. Checking in with your local fire district is important,” explains Matt Smith.

“Residents that are in areas where outdoor burning is allowed will still be required to follow local agency regulations and closely monitor their pile to prevent spread to other combustibles,” adds Smith.

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District has lifted the Regulated Use Closure restrictions earlier in the month. This will allow the general public on private lands within the district to, conduct open burning with a valid permit from your local fire district or ODF.

There are several year-round burning bans as well in Central Oregon including the city of Bend, the city of Sisters, and Sunriver. For residents who are uncomfortable burning or are not in areas where outdoor burning is allowed, the fall FireFree events will be available to residents. Watch www.firefree.org for the dates of these events in October and November.

Central Oregon Fire Chiefs federal partners (US Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management) will be performing prescribed burns throughout the region. These prescribed burns will be conducted under carefully planned conditions such as: with federal fire resources, professional fire managers and firefighters on scene, favorable weather conditions and carefully planned land plots. These prescribed burns improve forest health and reduce the forest fuels in order to lower the wildfire risk to our communities that is ever present later in the season when the conditions are even more extreme.

General Burning Regulations

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Call (541) 595-2288 prior to burning to find out if burning is allowed.
Burning will be allowed only when conditions warrant and when burning is open throughout Deschutes County.
Current burn regulations must be on site while burning. (see below for the full document)
You must have legal control of the property, or permission of the property owner where burning is conducted.
The ground shall be clear of combustible material for 10 feet outside of the fire in all directions.
No burning when temperatures exceed 90 degrees.
No burning when winds exceed 10 mph.
Maintain minimum distances of 25 ft from all structures.
Keep adequate firefighting equipment on hand at all times while burning. (Hose or Fire Extinguisher, Shovel)
All open burning must be 100% completely extinguished by sundown or before leaving unattended. Anyone burning after sundown or leaving a fire unattended may be charged for suppression costs as a result.
Fires shall be attended at ALL times by a responsible person.

If a fire gets out of control, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!

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