Fire & Burn Season Information

 

Fire season is generally mid-June through mid-October.  Burn season is generally mid-October through mid-June.  The decision on when Fire & Burn seasons start is made by local state and fire service officials. 

Backyard Burning

Burn Season

Fire Season

Backyard burning is permitted generally mid-October through mid-June.  You must have a burn permit on the premises when conducting a burn.  You must also call the Outdoor Burning Advisory Line at 541-726-3976 each day before burning.  Burn permits are free and available to download above on this site as well as outside all of our stations in a realtor type box.

LRAPA determines if it is a Burn Day

The use of Burn Barrels are

strictly prohibited.

Recreational Fires

Recreational, cooking and warming fires do not require a permit as long as these fires are on the property of the legal occupancy of that property or in designated recreational areas (such as parks, recreational campsites, and campgrounds) and the fire is in a designated fire ring.  A fire ring should not be larger than 36” across with additional clearing or space or green grass that has been mowed short.  These types of fires can be initiated at any time of the year providing there is not a ban on fires. Woody yard trimmings leaves and grass clippings shall not be burned.

Reporting Complaints

If you see a column of smoke or flames near your location: Call 911

If there seems to be a haze of smoke in the area around your location, it is most likely drift smoke from a wildland or field fire outside your immediate location.   Check social media for information on smokey conditions. 

 

If you suspect someone is burning illegal materials (garbage, plastics, grass clippings, wire insulation, asbestos containing materials, automobile parts, asphalt, petroleum by-products, tires, cardboard, clothing, grass clippings, petroleum treated materials, rubber products, demolition waste. Construction waste, animal remains, or animal or vegetable matter related to any food service or preparation, or any other material which normally emits dense smoke, noxious odors or hazardous air contaminants.) during burn season or it is a non-burn day: Call the LRAPA complaint line at  541-726-1930

 

If you suspect someone is burning slash illegally within the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) protection area call 541-935-2283.  If it is within the urban growth boundaries of the City of Veneta call 911.  

CommercialAgricultural Burning 

Lane Fire Authority has authority over burning of vegetative material that does not fit either into the Backyard or Letter Burn Permit categories. A Commercial Agricultural burn is different than a standard outdoor burn because the volume of material is more than what could be burned in a single day's burning, i.e., large amount of windfall debris after a storm. These fires are to be started on an approved burn day and are allowed to burn continually until the material is gone. Once the material is ignited additional material may not be added. Lane Fire Authority may inspect the piles to be burned to ensure that the piles do not contain any prohibited items or materials, and will advise the responsible party of any additional requirements, such as suppression equipment, or clearing. Note: Commercial Agricultural Burns are for downed, dead material, not live standing grass or weeds. Safety Guidelines on this permit must be followed. Note: Field burning is not allowed under our Agricultural Burn Permit even though it is an agricultural process. Field burning is managed through the Department of Agriculture under rules established by DEQ, for fields that are registered by the grass seed grower.

Slash Burning

Definition: burning debris from a logging operation in which timber goes to the mill. 

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) issues permits for debris from a logging operation in which the timber goes to the mill.  This land is usually replanted.

LRAPA issues permits for debris from a logging operation in which the timber goes to the mill for the purpose of land clearing to build a structure. 

Mowing

During fire season (generally mid-June through mid-October), with exception of a Low Fire Danger Level, Mowing of Dried, Cured Grass is restricted at all times. The culture and harvest of agricultural crops is exempt from this requirement.

Restrictions and times are dependent on the Fire Danger Level which will vary throughout fire season.

 

For mowing restrictions, click on the Public Use Restrictions button located on the left side of this page.  The Fire Danger Level will be posted daily on our HOME page during Fire Season.