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Fire Prevention
General Fire Prevention

   The Central Oregon District is responsible for conducting fire prevention activities affecting
   nearly 2.3 million acres of land owned by private timber companies and other private
   landowners, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), counties and various state agencies.  The
   population within the District is now almost 300,000; it has grown 25% over the last ten years.
   Within the District are three units: Prineville/Sisters, John Day/Fossil and The Dalles.  The
   District is the largest by area of any district in the state.  Because of this, both the topography
   and the fuel types are very diverse.  The land ranges from low valley bottoms of 100' in
   elevation, to steep and rocky higher elevations over 5000'.  Fuels range from light flashy grasses
   to old growth mixed conifer stands.  Scattered throughout are valleys, box canyons and rolling
   hills.  Added to this, in precarious locations, are some of the most densely populated wildland-
   urban interface areas in the western United States.
   The majority of human-caused fires result from backyard debris burning, equipment use,
   recreationists, and various miscellaneous fires such as fireworks.  
   Fire Prevention Information 
   2014 COD Protection Standards Review [1003 kb]
   Prescribed Burning on Private Lands for Resource Management Objectives [28 kb] 

   Fire Equipment Requirements [94 kb]  
   The Dalles: Are you a participant of the National Fire Plan? [59.3 kb]  

   The Dalles: How do fire restrictions apply to me? [94.9 kb]   
   Surcharge on improved lots [1,008 kb]   
   Could your home survive a wildfire? [39 kb] 
   Firewise Communities Website 
   Burning Information and Permits
   Before doing any burning, contact your local Oregon Department of Forestry office. Even 
   though fire season is no longer in effect, permits may be required depending on the burning
   operation (general or industrial) and the location of the burning operation. Many factors must be
   considered when conducting debris or slash burning. After considering the alternatives, you may
   decide not to burn. A statistical fact: Debris burning accounts for about 35% of the human-
   caused wildfires that blacken the USA each year.
   Before burning Forest Litter, please consider the following:

  • Be sure you are fully prepared before burning piles of forest litter. To control the fire, at a minimum, you will need a source of water, a bucket, and a shovel for tossing dirt on the fire.
  • If possible, a fire line should be put around the area to be burned.
  • Be sure to stay with your fire until it is out.
  • Before doing any burning in a wooded area, contact the Oregon Department of Forestry. The Fire Warden will provide an on-site visit and will weigh all factors, explain them to you, and offer technical advice prior to issuing a burning permit.


   Burn Permit Requests 

   Fossil Burning Permit request form    
   John Day Burning Permit request form    
   Prineville Burning Permit request form

   Sisters Burning Permit request form   

   The Dalles Burning Permit request form  

  Burning Information 

   John Day/Fossil: Burn Barrel and Open Burn Brochure [895 kb] 
   Prineville/Sisters: Burn Barrel and Open Burn Brochure [895 kb]  
   The Dalles: Burn Barrel and Open Burn Brochure [895 kb]  

Industrial Fire Prevention
   I. Closed Season
   Fire season requirements are in effect. In addition to other fire prevention measures, a Fire    
   Watch is required at this and all higher levels unless otherwise waived.
   II. Partial Hootowl
   The following may operate only between the hours of 8 P.M. and 1 P.M.
  •  power saws except at loading sites
  •  cable yarding
  •  blasting
  •  welding or cutting of metal
   III. Partial Shutdown
   The following are prohibited except as indicated:
  • cable yarding - except that gravity operated logging systems employing non-motorized carriages may operate between 8 P.M. and 1 P.M. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground except the line between the carriage and the chokers
  • power saws - except power saws may be used at loading sites and on tractor/skidder operations between the hours of 8 P.M. and 1 P.M.
   In addition, the following are permitted to operate between the hours of 8 P.M. and 1
  • tractor/skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fireline are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start
  • mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material
  • blasting
  • welding or cutting of metal
  • any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned

   IV. General Shutdown
   All operations are prohibited.
   NOTE: Where hauling involves transit through more than one shutdown/regulated use area, the
   precaution level at the woods loading site shall govern the level of haul restriction, unless
   otherwise prohibited by other than the industrial precaution level system. 
   NOTE: The IFPL system does not apply on lands protected by ODF east of the summit of the
   The following definitions shall apply to these industrial fire precaution levels: 
   Loading sites: A place where any product or material (including, but not limited to logs,
   firewood, slash, soil, rock, poles, etc.) is placed in or upon a truck or other vehicle.
   Cable yarding system: A yarding system employing cables, and winches in a fixed position.
   Low hazard area: Any area where the responsible agency representative (WDNR, ODF,
   USFS, BIA, BLM) determines the combination of the elements reduces the probability of a fire 
   starting and/or spreading.
   Closed season (Fire precautionary period): that season of the year when a fire hazard exists 
   as declared by the responsible agency official.

   Waivers, written in advance, may be used for any and all activities Activities for which
   waivers may be issued include, but are not limited to: 
  • mechanized loading and hauling
  • road maintenance such as sprinkling, graveling, grading and paving
  • cable yarding using gravity systems or suspended lines and blocks, or other yarding systems where extra prevention measures will significantly reduce the risk of fire
  • power saws at loading sites or in felling and bucking where extra prevention measures will significantly reduce the risk of fire
  • maintenance of equipment (other than metal cutting and welding) or improvements such as structures, fences and powerlines