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Firefighters mopped up the Horse Prairie Fire in September.

COURTESY OF KYLE REED

Aided by the return of cooler temperatures and rainfall, today marks the end of fire season for the Umpqua National Forest and lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

All Industrial Fire Restrictions and Public Use Restrictions in these areas will no longer be in effect. Backyard debris burning outside of incorporated cities will be allowed without a permit from DFPA, however, residents are asked to contact their local fire department before conducting any burning as fire restrictions vary between local fire districts.

The end of fire season does not affect work on the current wildfires or their status, whether they are contained, controlled or out.

Fire officials advise residents to be cautious when burning or using fire in the woods. Even outside of fire season after a week or more of rainy, cool conditions, several days of sunshine and dry weather can create a fire risk. When burning yard debris, residents are asked to have an adequate fire trail around the pile or incinerator and never leave the burn unattended.

Campfires are now allowed on public lands or private property with landowner permission, but should be fully extinguished before leaving. Should a debris pile or campfire escape, the responsible party may be financially responsible for damages and fire suppression costs.

The only type of burning requiring a permit is for industrial logging slash and heavy debris disposal burning. Any type of commercial tree harvesting that requires excess debris to be burned constitutes industrial logging slash and therefore requires a permit to burn. To request a permit for industrial slash burning, call DFPA at 541-672-6507.

Fire staff with the Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Umpqua National Forest would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during the 2017 fire season.

Douglas County Fire District No. 2 has also removed the burn ban that started in July. Residential backyard burning includes dry yard debris, trimmings and clippings. The burning of standing berry vines, grass or weeds, paper, wood products, plastics, auto parts, tires, wire insulation, household garbage, construction materials, materials from land clearing or other non-yard debris items is prohibited. Backyard burning may not be done on another person’s property or on vacant lots.

Backyard burning is only allowed during daylight hours and at least 50 feet away from any structure, combustible material or property line. However, a burn in an approved burning appliance such as a burn barrel can be done no less than 15 feet away from structures and combustible materials, or at least 25 feet away when the burn pile size is no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high.

Fires must be supervised by an adult at all times and tools and garden hoses must be available on site.

A permit from Department of Environmental Quality is required for Industrial, Commercial, Construction Waste and Demolition Waste.

For a list of alternative methods for removing waste, visit RecyclePower.org or call 541-440-4268.

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Business, Natural Resources and Outdoors Reporter

Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at ehoard@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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Amazing

I'm sure all the grapes hanging in the valley have been harvested and therefor smoke from field and slash debris won't bother them.. the closer to harvest the less time to weaken the smoke taint. Yet the vintners are suppose to stop 'annoying' the neighbors with bird control... it's so damaging.

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