Fire season remains in effect for all areas of Douglas County Fire District No.2.  This includes Dixonville, Green, Melrose, Winchester, Wilbur, Garden Valley, Umpqua, and the Calapooia area.

The hot dry summer and lack of noticeable rainfall has left the vegetation in our area still very dry.  The moisture level is extremely low and the continued elevated temperatures during the day create prime conditions for fires to start and spread.

The burn ban includes all backyard burning, campfires, fire pits, debris piles and burn barrels.  “In the past we have tried to open backyard burning by October, but due to the severity of the summer months the conditions are still too dangerous for us to allow open burning of any kind.”

The use of a chainsaw is allowed before 1:00 p.m. or after 8:00 p.m. and the mowing of dry grass is allowed before noon or after 6:00 p.m.

A permit from Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is required for Industrial, Commercial, Construction Waste, Demolition Waste, and Slash Burning.

Douglas County has numerous alternative methods available to residents.  For a list of these alternatives please refer to: Recycle Power.org or call (541)440-4268