2018 Fire Season has not yet begun, so permits are not yet required in Glide Fire District  for backyard debris burning, which includes the burning of untreated wood, paper, and vegetation.  No other items are allowed to be burned.

In addition to the following information, backyard debris burning must be conducted between the hours of 7:30am and two hours before sunset.

5-7-2018

DFPA News Release

USE CAUTION WHEN BURNING YARD DEBRIS

While the warm, sunny weather is the perfect time to begin working in the yard and cleaning up around the house, the Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) is spreading the word of caution for those planning to burn yard debris.

“Escaped debris burning is the leading cause of human related wildfires in Oregon” says DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed. “Locally, DFPA has suppressed 115 fires related to debris burning over the last 10 years, almost half of which occurred either before or after fire season.”

Reed says that residents should take extra caution when working with fire and provides the following tips to landowners who plan to burn:

• Check with your local fire department to see if debris burning is allowed in your area as fire restrictions may vary from one fire district or town, to another.
• Consider alternatives to burning yard debris, such as composting or taking the debris to the landfill.
• Don’t burn prohibited materials. Prohibited materials include: rubber and plastic products, tires, garbage, petroleum, asphalt or industrial waste, and any material that creates dense smoke or noxious odors.
Divide large debris piles into smaller piles. Smaller piles burn quicker and are easier to control.
• Debris piles should be completely surrounded by a fire trail that is scraped to mineral soil before ignition begins.
Have a shovel and charged garden hose at the burn site. Refrain from burning material that cannot be controlled with hand tools and a charged garden hose.
• Do not burn in areas that are inaccessible.
Avoid burning during windy conditions.
Stay with the fire while it is burning and ensure that the pile is extinguished before leaving the area.
• Call 911 immediately if your debris burn escapes control.

Reed also recommends that residents who have already burned debris piles this spring should go back and make sure that they don’t show any signs of heat or smoke. If not properly extinguished, old burn piles can smolder for several months and can flare up again on a hot, windy day.

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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.