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Spring Outdoor Burning Restrictions

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OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT ALLOWED UNTIL MARCH 1st, 2015. READ BELOW ON HOW TO GET A BURN PERMIT:

With a permit and if the following criteria is met, outdoor burning will be permitted beginning March 1 and ending when fire season is declared.

In 2007, the Ashland City Council amended sections of the Ashland Municipal Code that regulate outdoor burning within the City of Ashland. The Council was responding to tightening air quality standards in the Rogue Valley and concerns 
raised by citizens with respiratory problems who are impacted by smoke from open burning.   

As a result of this amendment, outdoor burning throughout the City of Ashland will be limited to materials resulting from Wildfire Fuel Reduction efforts and Noxious Weed abatement.  
 
How do I know if I can burn?
You must meet both of the following conditions (A and B) to be considered for a burn permit:
 
A. Material must be Wildfire Fuels or Noxious Weeds
 
Wildfire Fuels Reduction is the cutting or thinning of native woody vegetation that is sufficiently flammable during the summer months.  The vegetation must constitute a threat to property or structures to be considered as wildfire fuels.  In addition, the vegetation must be arranged in a continuous fuel bed either vertically or horizontally such that fire would burn across the property without interruption or convey from the ground to dominant trees.  IMPORTANT: In order to burn wildfire fuels, your property must be in the City's Wildfire Hazard Zone.
 
Noxious Weeds are those weeds listed on the Oregon State Department of Agriculture's A,B, or T lists.  Common weeds from these lists found in Ashland are (but not limited to):
  • Himalayan blackberry
  • Star thistle
  • Scotch Broom
  • Dalmation toadflax
  • English Ivy
  • Spanish broom
  • Spotted knapweed
  • Puncture vine
  • Japanese knotweed
A complete list of noxious weeds can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/PLANT/WEEDS/docs/weed_policy.pdf 
 
Noxious weeds can be burned anywhere in the city once a permit is issued. WEEDS MUST BE PILED AND NO WEED BURNERS (TORCHES) ARE ALLOWED.
 
B. Burning is the only option for disposal of biomass material
The biomass to be disposed of has to be in a place where chipping or hauling of the material is not feasible, or (as in the case of some noxious weeds) chipping or transport of the material would spread noxious weed seeds beyond the area of current infestation. Examples are blackberries cut along a creekside or Scotch broom with seed pods still attached. Burning will be seen as a last option.
 
Alternatives to Burning 
There are many alternatives to burning debris in Ashland. Here are some suggestions: 
  • Rent or Hire a chipper through local businesses
  • Compost the debris.  Check with local extension office at 776-7371 if you are unfamiliar with composting.
How Do I Get a Burn Permit?
If you meet the conditions stated above, you need to schedule a burn permit inspection with Ashland Fire and Rescue by calling 482-2770 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. any day of the week. Burn permits are only valid on days when the ventilation index is above 401 and conditions are safe during the period starting March 1st ending at the start of fire season and also beginning at the end of fire season and lasting for two weeks.
 
Once a permit is obtained, refer to the the burning regulations PDF file below, and as directed by the inspecting fire crew.
  
Residents living in the Wildland-Urban Interface need to be especially attentive to reducing wildfire fuels on their property. Learn more about Wildfire Safety for Ashland Residents.



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Burning Regulations-October revised.pdf

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