Fire season in Southwest Oregon is in effect as of May 1, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.
The fire danger level is extreme (red).
Open burning on all lands protected by ODF in Jackson and Josephine counties is prohibited.
Keeping track of when, where, and how District residents are allowed to complete controlled burning activities can be confusing.
Listed below are guidelines to help:
Burn Permit -You must have a current burn permit from Fire District 5. Permits are good for two years and they're free, so stop by any of our stations to get one. You may also print a burn permit and fill it out yourself. Sign and keep it available when you burn in case you're asked to present it.
City of Talent & Phoenix Residents - No outdoor burning is allowed at all within City limits. Contact your City Hall if you have questions.
No burning is allowed within AQMA from November 1st through February 28th due to Jackson County Air Quality Regulations.
Am I inside or outside of the Air Quality Maintenance Area (AQMA)?
During burn season (March 1st until Fire Season is declared, usually sometime in June) the ventilation index must be above 400 or you cannot burn. Call (541)776-7007 for a recorded message with up-to-date information. Check each day you plan to burn.
Make sure you are burning only combustible material (no rubber, plastic, wet garbage, petroleum products, demolition debris, or any materials generated by a commercial enterprise or construction operation.)
Burning is allowed during daylight hours only.
Burning must be conducted under the constant supervision of a person capable of taking corrective action.
The burn permit provides in-depth information regarding burn piles and burn barrels, and must be kept available at the burn site. For up-to-date fire season restrictions, check the Oregon Department of Forestry website at http://www.swofire.com/
If you have additional questions or concerns please call us at (541) 535-4222.
RESIDENTIAL BURNING REGULATIONS REVIEWED
BURN PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
1. No burning at all is allowed inside the Air Quality Maintenance Area (AQMA) between November 1 and February 28. Call 774-8207 to find out if you are in or out of the AQMA.
2. No burning will be allowed on days the ventilation index is less than 400 or wind speed is projected to be 10 mph or greater. Call 776-7007 for this information.
3. Bum piles must be no greater in diameter than 4 feet, and not over 3 feet in height.
4. Open Bum: The distance to the nearest structure or combustible material shall be greater than 25 feet. Barrel: Ground must be cleared and maintained at least 10 feet in every direction around the barrel.
5. Burning of any wet garbage, plastic, wire insulation, automobile parts, asphalt, petroleum product,
petroleum-treated material, rubber product, animal remains, or animal or vegetable matter resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking or service of food, or any other material which normally emits dense smoke or noxious odors is prohibited.
6. This permit is not valid for the burning of demolition debris, any materials generated by a commercial
enterprise, land-clearing material, construction sites, or slash.
7. Burning is allowed during daylight hours only. The permit holder shall ensure that the fire is completely burned out or extinguished prior to dark.
8. Open fires must be extinguished if conditions develop which would cause fire spread, i.e. wind, embers.
9. Burning must be conducted under the constant supervision of a person capable of taking corrective
action. This permit must be available at the burn site.
10. THIS PERMIT DOES NOT RELIEVE THE PERMIT HOLDER FROM CRIMINAL OR CIVIL
LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES ARISING FROM BURNING OCCURRING UNDER HIS OR HER
CONTROL. VIOLATIONS OF THE BURNING REQUIREMENTS MAY RESULT IN THE
ISSUANCE OF A CITATION OR CIVIL PENALTY, AND/OR SUPPRESSION COSTS.