The announcement that fire season is over for Oregon Department of Forestry lands and the city of Ashland provides the Jackson County Environmental Public Health Division opportunity to remind residents of open and barrel burning requirements.
Permits for open and barrel burning are available at local fire departments and fire districts. Some fire departments will do this through the mail.
There’s also a wood burning advisory hotline one can call daily to keep up to date on any burning restrictions, which typically occur when Rogue Valley area becomes stagnant and is a potential health hazard. The number to call is (541) 776-7007.
Newer residents or anyone who has moved will want to check on whether or not they live within city limits, or live in what is known as an Air Quality Maintenance Area. People living in AQMA’s are not allowed to do open or barrel burning between November 1 and February 28. Further restrictions may also apply within city limits. Call (541) 774-8207 if you questions concerning where you live.
Burning of garbage, plastic, wire insulation, automobile parts, asphalt, petroleum products, rubber products, animal remains or other materials that may produce noxious odors is prohibited.