The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) has announced the date of closing for residential and private lands open debris burning across the tri-county region in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties. Fire Chiefs from the local municipal and rural fire departments, along with State and Federal partners have determined due to existing environmental conditions this year that outdoor burning of debris and agricultural burns on private lands will close as of sunset on May 31, 2017.
Central Oregon Fire Chief’s federal partners (US Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management) will still be performing prescribed burns throughout the region in preparation of fire season even after burn season closes on private lands. 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.
TIP: The FireFree days will begin on June 2 and 3, 2017 for Sisters area residents and will be available for selected dates during the month in numerous locations to all Central Oregon residents.
GENERAL BURN REGULATIONS
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!