Prescribed fo​rest burning

Prescribed forest burning is a valuable tool to prepare a logged site for replanting of trees. And by reducing excess fuels, it also lowers the risk of wildfires. Under the Oregon Smoke Management Plan, ODF meteorologists regulate the number and size of burns, based on weather and wind conditions, to minimize smoke intrusion into populated areas.
ODF's smoke management section has developed two computer aids to calculate fuel consumption for the Oregon Smoke Management system. They are Automatic Calculation of Slash Tonnage (ACOST) and Pile Calculation of Slash Tonnage (PCOST). The applications may be used as planning aids. Information entered may be changed to show consumption under varied fuel moisture conditions. ​​​
  • ACOST will calculate consumption on broadcast burns
  • PCOST calculates tonnage in piles 
  • Experimental pile and broadcast fuel loading calculator below (under construction)
Outdoor burning

Check with your local ODF district, protective association office or rural fire department before burning yard debris. Burn permits are required on all ODF protected lands during fire season. Many areas prohibit all burning when fire danger increases.