We are in FIRE SEASON. All outdoor burning is PROHIBITED.

Open Burning Requirements

  • Call 541-783-3860 to obtain a burn permit
  • Call Klamath County Air Quiality 541-882-BURN (2876)
  • All open burning needs to be monitered at all times
  • A shovel, rake, garden hose with water, must be available at all times
  • Burning is allowed during day light hours only
  • No burning on days with an 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 cannot exceed 3 feet in height and 6 feet in diameter
  • 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 Fire

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

  • Clean, cut or split fire wood
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • No larger than 3 feet in diameter by 2 feet in height

Burn Barrel Requirements

  • Clear burnable material 10 feet from around the base of the base of the barrel
  • Locate barrel at least 15 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 an inversion layer and/or fog
  • All burning must be extinguished if the burn is unattended
  • No burning during high wind events
  • No burning during Fire Season

Prohibited to Burn

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

  • Anything producing a noxious odor
  • Plastics
  • Man made materials
  • Petroleum products
  • Rubber
  • Dead animals
  • Food service and industrial waste
  • Any wet material
  • 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
  • Special Events

Safety Tips for Open Debris Burning

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 that you are capable of controlling
  • After fire is out, fire must be monitored for potential rekindle
  • Cover / tarp piles to keep dry


Example of an approved open debris 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 25 feet around the pile
  • 30 feet from property lines


Liabilites

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 you actions. 

Refrences

  • Oregon Fire Code 
  • Oregon Revised Statue 447 / 448
  • Oregon Administratice Rule 340-264 (DEQ)
  • Klamath County Air Quality Ordinance - Chapter 406
  • City of Chiloquin Ordinance 500

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. 

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