There are currently no restrictions on open
and barrel burning during the off-season prior
to fire season.
The Colestin Rural Fire District does not require
permits for burning.
However, the ODF states that "both Jackson and
Josephine counties have telephone numbers to call to find
out whether air quality conditions allow burning."
The number to call in Jackson County is: (541) 776-7007.
Also please notify
CRFD Fire Chief Steve Avgeris before you burn, in order to
avoid false alarm calls.
If you plan to burn slash
during the spring or fall wet season
(when it is PERMITTED to burn):
note that careless burning
cause of many wildfires
Before you burn:
no-burn options. Woody debris can be disposed of at Biomass
One in White City and Murphy and at the transfer station in
White City for no charge. Or choose alternatives such as chipping,
mulching, or composting.
with us first. Because of dry conditions and escaped slash burns
during the past several springs, we have been requiring a burn
permit, prior to fire season when it gets dry and warm.
you burn when it is wet, we would still appreciate a call, so
we don't waste resources on a false alarm, if someone else reports
your burn as a fire.
fire season begins, all open burning is prohibited.
If you burn:
one pile at a time. Preferably hand-feed it to minimize escape.
only natural vegetation.
piles should be at least 50 feet from structures and 500 feet
from any forest slash.
the area around the burn pile of any flammable material.
when the winds are calm or light. It is too windy if trees sway,
flags are extended, or waves appear on open water.
a connected water hose or at least 5 gallons of water and a shovel
the fire until it is completely extinguished.
Please contact us
before you burn.
And please remember that most escaped burns
are not the result of ignorance, lack of procedural know-how, or intelligence,
but mere carelessness.