SPRING 2016 OPEN BURN WINDOW
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, 12:30:43 PM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - As allowed by the Klamath County Air Quality Ordinance, the 2016 Spring Open Burn Window within the Klamath County Air Quality Zone will start on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8:00 am and will end Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm.
Public Heath requirements for clean air are: 1. The Air Quality Advisory must be "Green". Check the daily advisory by calling 541-882-BURN (2876) 2. Only residential yard waste, such as tree limbs, brush, and leaves may be burned. 3. All burning must occur between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm and be fully extinguished by 7:00 pm. 4. No trash, plastic, rubber, tar, petroleum products, treated or painted wood may be burned. 5. The use of Burn Barrels is prohibited. 6. The burning of commercial, construction, demolition or industrial waste is not included in this burn window. Burning for these purposes requires a special permit from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; contact Bonnie Hough at the DEQ office in Bend at (541) 633-2016. 7. Agricultural burning inside the Air Quality zone is prohibited without a certificate of variance.
Fire District requirements for public safety are: 1. The wind must be between 4 to 10 mph. For wind speed call 883-8127. 2. There must be a pressurized water hose at the fire site at all times. 3. A responsible adult must be present at the fire from the first flame until the fire is extinguished. 4. The burn pile shall be no larger than 6 feet in diameter and 4 feet high. 5. There must be a six-foot clear area surrounding the base of the pile and the pile must be at least 20 feet from combustible fences and buildings. 6. The person conducting any burning is responsible for damage and the cost of an out of control burn as well as traffic problems and other hazards caused by the smoke.
The open Burn Window may be cancelled at any time due to Air Quality or Fire Hazard conditions. Check with your local Fire District o the City of Klamath Falls (inside the city limits) for additional restricts. Klamath County Fire District #1 885-2056 Klamath County Fire District #4 884-1670 Klamath County Environmental Health 883-1122 City of Klamath Falls Code Enforcement 883-5358
Fire Season Ends
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 3:18:09 PM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - Klamath Falls]¾ The 2015 Fire Season is officially ending for Klamath and Lake Counties. Fire management personnel from the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry [ODF] in cooperation with other local fire agencies and departments has declared the termination of the 2015 Fire Season as of 12:01 am, Friday, October 23, 2015. “Fire Season” for the area has been in effect since June 5th. The ending of fire season lifts the ban on Open Debris burning in Klamath and Lake Counties. Check with your local rural structural fire department for burning and permit regulations within their districts and the county health department for air quality restrictions. The Oregon Department of Forestry, Klamath-Lake District does not issue or require burn permits on lands solely protected by them when fire season is not in effect.
Logging Operation requirements including watchman services and fire equipment on site, in effect on private, county and state lands have also been lifted. “The public is asked to use safe debris burning practices”, stated Randall Baley, Fire Planner. “Even though we have lifted fire season, it does not mean that people should be any less careful, they are still responsible for any fire that gets out of control and spreads. Debris Burning should be attended at all times, done only during daylight hours, in cleared areas, in ‘no wind’ conditions, and meeting Air Quality guidelines.” Landowners need to remember that any burning escaping their control is their liability and they could be billed for the fire suppression costs. Be cautious, be fire safe, be careful. The Oregon Department of Forestry recognizes the efforts of their seasonal and permanent staff in working to prevent large fires. They would also like to thank their cooperators, landowners and the people of Klamath and Lake Counties for their assistance in preventing fires from starting in the first place and for helping to keep the majority of fires that did start small.
During the 2015 season, the Klamath-Lake District [ODF] has documented 98 fires that burned approximately 28 acres. 18 of those acres burned were from human caused fires which falls well below the 10 year average.
SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, 3:37:39 PM PDT
Lakeview, Oregon - LAKEVIEW– Fire managers for the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management’s Lakeview District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Complex, and Crater Lake National Park will start fall prescribed burning. The work is part of an ongoing effort to reduce the potential of catastrophic wildfires and improve ecosystem health. Prescribed burns are a proactive tool used to achieve a number of purposes including: • Reduce hazardous fuels, such as forest vegetation. • Decrease the threat of high-intensity, high-severity wildfires. • Reduce the risk of insect and disease outbreaks. • Recycle nutrients that increase soil productivity. • Improve wildlife habitat. • Reduce fire danger to communities.
The Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service work in partnership with the Oregon Department of Forestry and adjacent landowners, to improve the health of public lands. Burns only occur on days when the Oregon Department of Forestry Smoke Management Office indicates suitable weather conditions for smoke dispersal exist. Actual ignition days for burns depend on appropriate humidity levels, temperature, fuel moistures, and wind speeds and direction.
Burn projects have been divided into smaller sections of land to regulate fire intensity. A test fire is lit that allows fire managers and resources to observe if burning conditions align with prescribed burn plans. At this very early stage, prescribed burning activity can be halted if any condition is out of prescription. If conditions are favorable, the burn proceeds. Local fire and law enforcement agencies are aware of these burning activities so fire managers request the public refrain from calling 9-1-1 if they see smoke in any areas planned for burning. For prescribed fire information, please call the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center (LIFC) at 541-947-6315 or visit its Web site at: http://www.scofmp.org/lifc.shtml
Specific fire locations and other information can be found on the LIFC Daily Intelligence Report
- 6 Minutes for Safety
- Thirtymile Fire Final Report
- Ten Standard Fire Orders
- 18 Watchout Situations
- Fire Danger Rating Pocket Cards - What are they?
Weather, Climate and Smoke Management
- Local Energy Release Component Charts
- Local Weather Cams - from ODOT
- Oregon Fuel Moistures - Data from WIMS
- Days Since Significant Precipitation
- Fire Weather Forecasts
- Lakeview Air Quality Hotline - (541)947-5800
Policy, Plans and Agreements
- SCOFMP 2014 Daily Draw Down Guide - pdf
- South Central Oregon Task Force - pdf
- East Side Units Engine Task Force MOU - pdf
- Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (Definitions)
- Fire Danger Rating (Adjective Class Descriptions)
- Radio Management - call dispatch for frequencies.
Reports, Schedules and Calendars
- LIFC Daily Intelligence Report
- Current Prescribed Fire Situation
- Northwest 7-Day Significant Fire Potential (.pdf)
- Situation Reports
- National Interagency Fire Center - NIFC
- Northwest Interagency Coordination Center - NWCC
- Interagency Airspace Coordination
- ROSS Home Page
- ORCA Fire Management Team Home Page
- Other Dispatch Offices: