Monday, October 19, 2015

Fire Season Ends Today

Fire Season Update

The Oregon Department of Forestry, announces that effective at 12:00 pm, Monday, October 19, 2015, Fire Season will be terminated. With the end of fire season, logging operations are no longer subject to fire protection laws, such as maintaining fire equipment at logging sites. This area includes all State, private and BLM forest lands in the Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District, which includes the Astoria, Tillamook and Forest Grove Districts of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Burning permits are no longer required from the Oregon Department of Forestry for burn barrels or open burning. Burning of logging slash however does require a burning permit from the Oregon Department of Forestry.  Many of the Rural Fire Protection Districts require permits during the entire year. If you live within a rural fire district, you may be required to have a burning permit.  If you are not sure whether you need a permit or not, please contact your closest Rural Fire Department for burn permit requirements.

Regulated Use officially terminated at 01:00 am, Thursday, October 8, 2015. The public no longer has fire restrictions on smoking, campfires, chainsaws and motorized vehicle use. However, everyone still needs to think about fire prevention all year round.  For example, do not discard burning materials, such as cigarettes, and always ensure campfires are cold before leaving.