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Proposed rulemaking 

 
Note: Public comment period has been extended to Sept. 14, 2018 at 5 p.m. in consideration for those involved in this year's fire season.

Smoke Management Rule Summary (OAR 629-048):

The federal Clean Air Act requires states to periodically update their state implementation plans to demonstrate continued progress toward meeting federal air quality standards. One part of the state’s implementation plan is the management of forestry prescribed burning through the Oregon Smoke Management Plan administered by the State Forester. The plan was recently reviewed and determined to need updating to examine the state policy of prescribed
burning as used to mitigate wildfire and improve forest health.
 
Changes to the rule include:
 
  • Changing the definition of a smoke intrusion to match a health-based standard,
  • Developing a community response plan to notify residents of Smoke Sensitive Receptor Areas that smoke may impact their community at greater intervals,
  • Expanded use of polyethylene sheeting to keep burn piles dry for burning later in the fall season,
  • And other related alterations based on the above major changes.

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Contact

Nick Yonker, 503-945-7451

Jenna Nelson, 503-945-7444

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Updated: Comment period closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

Public hearings

Meeting 1: Aug. 21, 2018, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
OSU Extension Service Meeting Room
10507 N. McAlister Road
La Grande, OR

Meeting 2: Aug. 22, 2018, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Deschutes Co.-Deschutes Services Center
Barnes and Sawyer Room
1300 NW Wall Street
Bend, OR

Meeting 3: Aug. 23, 2018, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Oregon Institute of Technology Campus, CU, Mt Thielson Room,
3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR

Meeting 4: Aug. 28, 2018, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
DEQ Eugene Office
Willamette Conference Room,
165 East 7th Avenue, Suite 100
Eugene, OR

Meeting 5: Aug. 29, 2018, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Smullin Health Education Center
2825 E. Barnett Road
Medford, OR