Fire Season Begins June 8th

No DEBRIS or BURN BARRELS Burning Allowed after Midnight on June 7th

 

The Douglas Forest Protective Association announced that the 2018 fire season will officially begin Friday, June 8th at 12:01 a.m. on all private, county, state, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs lands protected by DFPA.  The declaration of fire season imposes certain fire restrictions on both the general public and industrial operators to help prevent wildfires.  These restrictions apply to all properties within Glide Fire District.

 

SMALL campfires are still allowed on private property with landowner permission until the Public Use Restrictions go into effect, which is based on fire conditions, but generally go into effect around July 1st.

 

With the declaration of fire season, the use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition are prohibited within the Douglas District.  In addition, the use of Sky Lanterns are prohibited year-round in Oregon.

 

The start of fire season also means the end of unregulated outside debris burning for rural Douglas County residents.  Due to poor burning conditions which have come earlier this year than normal, burn permits for debris piles and burn barrels will not be issued.  Those wishing to burn yard debris before Friday are encouraged to exercise caution and are reminded to never leave the burn unattended.  In addition, fire officials recommend checking any debris piles that were burned earlier this spring.  If not properly extinguished, burn piles have the potential of smoldering for weeks, or even months, before popping back to life on a warm, windy day.

 

Fire season also means the start of industrial fire regulations.  On Friday, the entire Douglas District will go into Industrial Fire Precaution Level I (one.)  During IFPL I, smoking is prohibited while working on, or traveling through, an industrial operation.  In addition, specified fire tools and suppression equipment must be on site and ready for use at all operations.  A fire watch service is also required once work has completed for the day.

As fire season progresses, additional public and industrial fire restrictions may be imposed as fire conditions become more severe. 

For more information about public or industrial fire restrictions on lands protected by DFPA, call DFPA’s Closure Information Line at 672-0379, or visit www.dfpa.net.  An interactive map with state wide fire restrictions can also be viewed online at https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/firerestrictions/PFR.html

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2017 Wildfire Statistics:

  • The 2017 fire season began on June 8th and ended October 12th.  DFPA responded to 100 fires that burned 16,903 acres in total.  
  • Umpqua  North  Complex,  August  11:  

    The Umpqua North Complex Fires were a group of lightning caused fires that originated on the Umpqua National Forest east of Glide.  Several fires inside the complex either threatened or burned onto private holdings that are protected by DFPA.  An Incident Management Team from Alaska was assigned to manage the complex of fires for the Umpqua National Forest.  DFPA was in unified command with the Umpqua National Forest and the Alaskan Incident Management Team while DFPA protected land was threatened.  The Umpqua North Complex burned 316 acres of land protected by DFPA (Fall Creek Fire:  57 acres, Happy Dog Fire:  259 acres).

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2016 Wildfire Statistics:

  • The 2016 fire season began on June 8th and lasted 120 days. 
  • Firefighters suppressed 75 fires which burned 120 acres 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 fire which accounted for 1/10 acre, whereas 74 human caused fires burned the bulk of last summer’s acreage.