Central Oregon fire chiefs announce seasonal open debris burning period will close at sunset on Friday, May 31st

  • Source: KTVZ-TV NBC/CW+ Bend
  • Published: 05/23/2024 12:00 AM

The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association announced Thursday it is closing open debris burning for residential and private lands across the tri-county region in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties on Friday of next week. Burning debris piles on many private lands will not be allowed after sunset on Friday, May 31st, as the area heads into the summer wildland fire season. “The region’s fire chiefs met and collectively agreed to close burning for the season for the safety of their residents, due to more consistent warmer and drier conditions in the forecast,” said COFCA Chair Todd Riley, fire chief for Bend Fire & Rescue. The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association strongly urges residents to create defensible space on their property. Until the burn season opens again in the fall, options include chipping the debris, hauling it to a local landfill or transfer site, or pile and cover it until fall. Residents should contact their local fire protection agencies for additional burning information and regulations.


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