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Slash Burning

Regulations & Tips

 

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):

 

      • Please note that careless burning

        is the cause of many wildfires

        and nuisance smoke problems.

 

      • Outdoor debris burning

        is subject to state and local fire safety regulations.

 

Before you burn:

  • Consider 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.

  • Check 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.

If 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.

Once fire season begins, all open burning is prohibited.

If you burn:

  • Burn one pile at a time. Preferably hand-feed it to minimize escape.

  • Burn only natural vegetation.

  • Burn piles should be at least 50 feet from structures and 500 feet from any forest slash.

  • Clear the area around the burn pile of any flammable material.

  • Burn when the winds are calm or light. It is too windy if trees sway, flags are extended, or waves appear on open water.

  • Maintain a connected water hose or at least 5 gallons of water and a shovel nearby.

  • Attend 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.

 

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