The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) has announced the date of closing for residential and private lands open debris burning across the tri-county region in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties. Fire Chiefs from the local municipal and rural fire departments, along with State and Federal partners, have determined due to existing environmental conditions this year that outdoor burning of debris and agricultural burns on private lands will close as of sunset on May 31, 2017.
Central Oregon Fire Chief’s federal partners (US Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management) will still be performing prescribed burns throughout the region in preparation of fire season even after burn season closes on private lands. These prescribed burns will be conducted under carefully planned conditions such as: with federal fire resources, professional fire managers and firefighters on scene, favorable weather conditions and carefully planned land plots. These prescribed burns improve forest health and reduce the forest fuels in order to lower the wildfire risk to our communities that is ever present later in the season when the conditions are even more extreme.
Residents are strongly encouraged to contact Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue for additional burning information and regulations. The District will continue to monitor weather and fuel moisture conditions in their district and may make modifications on a day-today basis. Please call (541) 923-4633 for Crooked River Ranch outdoor burning information and current restrictions. If conditions become dryer, we may choose to close local burning sooner.