All ODF fire protection districts are now in fire season. It's especially important in summer to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.













Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Debris burning reopens in Linn County October 1; but wait, there’s more...

ODF Contact: Lena Tucker, 541-726-3588

The shorter days and cooler nights coincide with what the calendar tells us: fall has arrived in Oregon. The Linn County Fire Defense Board will end the county-wide burning ban on Oct. 1 – But wait, there’s more. Due to lingering wildfire danger, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is requiring residents who live within the ODF fire protection district and plan to burn backyard debris to obtain a burn permit from the state agency.

“While we were hoping to be done with fire season by now, our weather has warmed up and it’s slowly drying out again,” said ODF’s Lena Tucker. “No rain is in sight for our area.”

Even though conditions have moderated from the high fire danger of only a few weeks ago, the South Cascade District forester cautioned that the combination of a sunny, warm day and gusty winds could cause a backyard burn to escape into a wildfire.

County residents planning to burn yard debris should contact ODF’s South Cascade District Sweet Home office to obtain a free burn permit. It is located at 4690 Highway 20 in Sweet Home, ph. 541-367-6108. Linn County residents may also call the Linn County Burn Message line at 541-451-1904.

The ODF South Cascade District encompasses forestlands in eastern Linn County and the eastern portion of Lane County.

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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