FIRE SEASON COMES TO AN END OCTOBER 5TH
Fire officials with the Douglas
Forest Protective Association will officially end fire
season on the Douglas District Wednesday, October 5th
at 9:00 a.m. The end of fire season is a result of
rainfall and a cooler temperatures returning to the Umpqua
With the end of fire season,
Industrial Fire Restrictions and Public Use Restrictions on DFPA
protected land will no longer be in effect. Backyard
debris burning outside of incorporated cities will be allowed
without a permit from DFPA, however residents should contact
their local fire department before conducting any burning as
fire restrictions vary between local fire districts.
Fire officials advise residents to
exercise caution when burning or using fire in the woods. This
time of year, several days of sunshine and dry weather can
create a fire risk even if a week or more of rainy, cool
conditions precedes them. When burning yard debris, make sure to
have an adequate fire trail around the pile or incinerator and
never leave the burn unattended. Should a fire escape, the
property owner may be financially responsible for damages and
fire suppression costs.
The only type of burning requiring a
permit is for logging slash and heavy debris disposal burning.
Any type of commercial 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 541-672-6507.
The 2016 fire season began on June
8th and lasted 120 days. Firefighters suppressed 75 fires
which burned 120 acre on the Douglas District, with the largest
fire of the year being the Highway 138 West fire on September 13th
that burned 62 acres. Lightning sparked 1 fires which
accounted for 1/10 acre, whereas 74 human caused fires burned
the bulk of this summerís acreage.
The staff from the Douglas Forest
Protective Association would like to thank everyone for their
cooperation during the 2016 fire season.