Chiloquin Fire & Rescue

Effective October 20, 2017

BURN SEASON IS OPEN




REFERENCES

  • Oregon Fire Code Chapter 3
  • Oregon Revised Statute 477
  • Oregon Revised Statute 478
  • Oregon Administrative Rule 340-264 (DEQ)
  • Klamath County Air Quality Ordinance - Chapter 406
  • City of Chiloquin Ordinance 500


LIABILITIES


You may be liable for all damage to other persons property should your fire escape your control. You may be charged for all suppression costs and fined if negligent, malicious or willful in your actions.

  • Fire that escapes your control and crosses property lines is prima fascia evidence the fire is uncontrolled.


ENFORCEMENT / PENALTIES

  • Violation of ORS 478.960 is a misdemeanor.
  • Violation of Klamath County Air Quality Ordinance is punishable by up to $1,000.00 per offense.
  • Violation of Oregon Department of Forestry ORS 477 is punishable by up to $435.00


SAFE OPEN DEBRIS BURNING TIPS


In addition to the burning requirements, these tips will help you conduct safe burning.

  • Burn early in the day when it is cool, humidity is higher and winds are light. (Winds tend to increase in the afternoon / evening).
  • Keep piles small and controllable.
  • Do not burn more than you are capable of controlling.
  • After fire is out, fire must be monitored for potential rekindle

Example of an approved open debris burn pile:

  • 20 feet from trees and vegetation greater than 3 feet in height.
  • 50 feet from structures and combustible material.
  • Clear ground of burnable material for 15 feet around pile.
  • 30 feet from property lines.


DEFINITIONS

  • Air Quality Zone = The Air Quality Zone is basically the Urban Growth Boundary of Klamath Falls. The northern boundary is approximately Hagelstein Park .
  • Burn Season = Is the time of the year when weather conditions permit safe outdoor burning with minimal danger of spread.
  • Commercial Waste = Means any waste produced in any business involving the lease or sale, including wholesale and retail, of goods or services, including but not limited to housing, and means any waste produced by a governmental, educational or charitable institution; however, it does not include any waste produced in a dwelling containing four living units or less.
  • Demolition Material = Means any waste resulting from the complete or partial destruction of any man-made structure such as a house, apartment, commercial building or industrial building.
  • Domestic Waste = Means any waste, consisting of combustible materials, such as paper, cardboard, yard clippings, wood, or similar materials, generated in a dwelling, including the real property upon which it is situated, containing four living units or less.
  • Field Burning = Means the burning of any grass field, grain field, pasture, rangeland or other field by open burning or by use of mobile equipment or flaming equipment on any land or vegetation.
  • Fire Season = When conditions of fire hazard exist in a forest protection district or any part thereof, the State Forester may designate for that district or any part thereof the date of the beginning of a fire season for that year. The fire season shall continue for that district or part thereof until ended by order of the State Forester when conditions of fire hazard no longer exist in that district or part thereof.
  • Fire Official = The person or delegated person having the authority to enforce fire codes / laws. 
  • Industrial Waste = Means any waste resulting from any process or activity of manufacturing or construction.
  • Land Clearing Debris = Means any waste generated by the removal of debris, logs, trees, brush or demolition material from any site in preparation for land improvement or construction projects.
  • ODF = Oregon Department of Forestry 
  • Open Burning = Means any burning conducted in such a manner that combustion air is not effectively controlled and that combustion products are not vented through a stack or chimney, including but not limited to burning conducted in open outdoor fires, common burn barrels and backyard incinerators.
  • Recreational Fire / Camp Fire = Means any open fire used for cooking, personal warmth, lighting, ceremonial or aesthetic purposes that is hand built and that is not associated with any debris disposal activities.
  • Regulated Closure = Regulated closures require entrants into designated areas to comply with the requirements set forth in the proclamation under ORS 477.535, which requirements in the judgment of the forester are necessary to prevent danger to life, forest resources or property. Should you have questions, please call the Fire District.
  • Yard Debris = Debris created from vegetation in your yard.



OPEN BURNING RULES and REGULATIONS


  • Call 541-783-3860 to obtain a burn permit or submit form below.
  • Call Klamath County Air Quality 541-882-BURN (2876) Today's Air Quaity http://www.klamathair.org/                                                         Air Quality Zone Map http://www.scofmp.org/kfifc/intel/AQ_Map_Final_lr.pdf  
  • All open burning needs to be monitored at all times
  • A shovel, rake, garden hose with water, must be available at all times
  • Burning during daylight hours only
  • No burning during days with inversion layer and / or fog
  • No burning during high wind events
  • All open burning must be extinguished if the burn is unattended
  • Yard debris pile: size must be no larger than 6 feet in diameter and 3 feet in height, pile must be 20 feet from trees and vegetation, keep piles 50 feet from structures and other combustible materials, there shall be a minimum cleared area of 15 feet around the pile
  • Land clearing debris burning must obtain a special permit
  • Agricultural burns must obtain a special permit
  • Building / Demolition burns must obtain a special permit


RECREATIONAL FIRES

Recreational fire or barbeques, you may only burn the following:

  • Clean, cut or split fire wool
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • No larger than 3 ft in diameter and 2 ft high


BURN BARREL REQUIREMENTS

  • Clear burnable material 10 feet from around the base of the barrel (See illustration below)
  • Locate barrel at least 30 feet away from buildings and /or combustible materials
  • Fire must be monitored at all times
  • A shovel, rake, garden hose with water, must be available at all times
  • Burning during daylight hours only
  • No burning during days with inversion layer and / or fog
  • All burning must be extinguished if the burn is unattended
  • No burning during high wind events



PROHIBITED TO BURN

It is illegal to burn the following materials in the State of Oregon:

  • Anything producing a noxious odor 
  • Including the following:
  • Plastics
  • Man Made Materials
  • Petroleum Products
  • Rubber
  • Dead Animals
  • Food Service and Industrial Waste
  • Any Wet Materials
  • Building / Demolition Material (Special Permit Required)

PERMITTED TO BURN

  • Dry Paper
  • Dry Clean Lumber
  • Dry Vegetation (limbs, needles, brush, grass)
  • Timber Slash
  • Agricultural Debris
  • Field Burning

SPECIAL OCCASION FIRES

 

All special occasion fire request require a burn permit from the Fire District.
This includes:

  • Ceremonial
  • Religious​ 

FAILURE TO PROVIDE ALL REQUESTED INFORMATION WILL VOID YOUR BURNING PERMIT REQUEST

 

You may apply for an Outdoor Burning Permit online, please submit the Contact Form below and include the following information in the Message Box.


  1. DATE
  2. PHONE NUMBER:
  3. ADDRESS OF BURN LOCATION:
  4. TYPE OF BURN - OPEN PILE, BURN BARREL, SLASH, FIELD, OTHER
  5. TYPE OF MATERIAL TO BE BURNED:
  6. REQUEST A CALL BACK? - YES OR NO