FIRE SEASON COMES TO AN END
October 5th, 2016
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
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
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
The staff from the Douglas
Forest Protective Association would like to thank everyone
for their cooperation during the 2016 fire season.