Douglas Forest Protective Association
Backyard Burn Permits
During fire season, all outdoor debris burning requires an on-site inspection and written permit from a DFPA Forest Officer on DFPA protected lands. Yard debris, such as brush and woody material are the only materials permitted to be burned. Check with DEQ for a list of materials that are prohibited to burn.
The burning of logging slash requires a permit year round. Any type of tree harvesting that requires excess debris to be burned constitutes logging slash and therefore requires a permit to burn. To request a permit for slash burning, call DFPA at 672-6507.
PASTURE AND FIELD BURNING
Controlled pasture fires help Douglas County ranchers get rid of unwanted weed and brush growth, insects, and plant diseases, thereby promoting healthy and productive livestock grazing lands. It is also a cost effective alternative to the use of chemicals.
Burning hillsides overburdened with poison oak, blackberry bushes and other fire hazards makes Douglas County a safer place to live. The process eliminates these fuel loads that can turn small fires into large, out of control fires. Many wildfires in the past have been controlled in open grass fields and hillsides that had been burned periodically.