- Chip, compost or haul your debris to a recycling center
- Call your local fire agency or air authority before you burn More Info
- Check the weather forecast
- Clear a 10-foot radius around your burn pile
- Always have fire tools on site and stay by your burn pile More Info
- Never use gasoline
- Burn yard debris only
- Make sure your burn pile is completely out More Info
Call your local fire agency or air authority before you burn
Burning regulations are not the same in all areas and can vary with the weather and fuel conditions. Check to see if there are any current burning restrictions or if a permit is required.
Always have fire tools on site and stay by your burn pile
Monitoring a debris burn from start to finish is required by state law, to ensure any escaped sparks or embers can be extinguished quickly.
Make sure your burn pile is completely out
Go back and recheck old burn piles, as they can retain heat for several weeks or longer and rekindle when the weather warms and winds begin to blow.
- Call first to find out if equipment use is restricted More Info
- Use gas-powered equipment early in the day. More Info
- Use a weed trimmer with plastic line. More Info
- Keep the exhaust system in proper working order. More Info
- Make sure your gas-powered tools are equipped with approved spark arresters.
- Keep a fire extinguisher or water-charged hose close by.
Call first to find out if equipment use is restricted
Check with your local forestry district or fire department to learn if there are any current restrictions or regulations in effect. Some areas may restrict their use depending on weather and fuel conditions.
Use gas-powered equipment early in the day.
• Use gas-powered equipment early in the day, when the humidity is higher and temperatures are lower.
Use a weed trimmer with plastic line.
• Use a weed trimmer with plastic line, vs. metal blades. Remove rocks and other objects in the area that can strike a blade, create sparks and start a wildfire.
Keep the exhaust system in proper working order.
• Keep the exhaust system in proper working order, spark arresters clear of carbon build-up, and the engine free of oil and dust.
- Create a 30-foot defensible space around your home that is free of combustible material More Info
- Clean up dead or dying plants, branches, leaves and needles More Info
- During fire season, move wood piles 30 feet from the home.
- Remove flammable plants and replace with fire-resistant species More Info
- Prune tree branches to a height of 6-10 feet to remove “ladder fuels.”
- Cut grass to less than four inches More Info
- Keep shrubs low and away from the drip line of trees
- Maintain driveway clearance that is free of flammable debris to allow fire engine access
- Go to firewise.org for more information
Create a 30-foot defensible space around your home that is free of combustible material
Fire follows the fuel. Make sure your landscape is LEAN (plants are spaced apart), CLEAN (free of flammable debris), and GREEN (healthy and watered often),
Clean up dead or dying plants, branches, leaves and needles
Remove debris from under decks, stairs, out of gutters, & off the roof. Trim branches that are overhanging the roof and within 10 ft of the chimney.
Remove flammable plants and replace with fire-resistant species
Fire-resistant plants are those that are loosely branched, have watery sap and supple leaves. For an on-line list of plants, visit: plantshttps://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/pnw590
Cut grass to less than four inches
Use the right tool for the job at the right time. A whirling metal blade can strike a rock, cast sparks, and start a wildfire. If you must mow during fire season, do it early in the day when humidity is high and the wind is low.
- Dispose of smoking materials in deep, sturdy ashtrays.
- Make sure butts and ashes are extinguished by using water or sand
- Never discard butts on the ground or in vegetation outdoors. More Info
Never discard butts on the ground or in vegetation outdoors.
Shredded wood, bark and fine grass can easily ignite.
- Be Prepared. More Info
- Be Safe. More Info
- Be Responsible. More Info
- Be Aware. More Info
-Store fireworks out of children’s reach.
-Always read and follow label directions.
-Place pets indoors; they’re easily frightened by fireworks.
-Always have water handy (a garden hose or a bucket of water).
-An adult should always light fireworks.
-Keep matches & lighters away from children.
-Use fireworks outdoors only.
-Light only one firework at a time & move away quickly.
-Keep children & pets away from fireworks.
-Always remember-do not throw fireworks or hold them in your hand.
-Soak used fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water.
-Dispose of used fireworks & debris properly.
-Never re-light “dud” fireworks. Wait 15-20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water
-Use only legal fireworks.
-Use fireworks only in legal places
-Fireworks are prohibited on all beaches, State Parks, & State or Federal Forest lands.