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Back Yard Debris Burning Allowed with a Permit, Fire Season Remains in Effect

4:20 PM · Sep 28, 2021

Cooler, wet weather has allowed the Douglas Forest Protective Association to begin issuing burn permits for back yard debris burning within the Douglas District. Burn permits from DFPA are free of charge but do require an onsite inspection from a DFPA Forest Officer before a permit can be issued. Burn permits will only be issued for small debris piles consisting of yard debris. Burn permits will not be issued for burn barrels or for large piles that were constructed by machinery. The burning of materials such as garbage, tires, plastic, rubber, or any other material that normally emits dense smoke and/or noxious odors are prohibited. Fire officials also remind that a burn permit does not waive the landowner’s liability if the burn escapes containment and says that the permit holder can be held liable for fire suppression costs and damages that result from an escaped debris burn. Before a burn permit can be issued, a fire trail must be created around the burn site, down to mineral soil. At a minimum, the permit will require individuals burning to have a shovel and a charged garden hose immediately available at the burn site. An adult must be present the entire time the burn is taking place and the debris pile must be completely extinguished before they leave the area. To request a burn permit from DFPA, call 541-672-6507 between the hours of 9 AM and 6 PM. Burn permit requests will be handled as quickly as possible but may take up to several days before a permit can be issued due to staffing levels and the number of requests. Individuals found to be burning prohibited materials or burning without a permit may be issued a citation. Residents who reside within incorporated cities or within the Riddle Rural Fire District, Tri-City Rural Fire district, Canyonville – South Umpqua Rural Fire District, Winston – Dillard Fire District, or Douglas County Fire District #2 should contact their local fire department regarding the status of debris burning in those areas. Via DFPA