Fall open-burning window announced

(Courtesy: CAL FIRE)

Klamath County Public Health has announced an open-burning window within the Klamath County Air Quality Zone that will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 27th, and end at 5 p.m. Sunday, November 11th.

Public Health officials have set numerous guidelines for the open-burn window - only residential yard waste such as tree limbs, brush, and leaves may be burned. All burning must occur between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and only when the air quality advisory is "Green." The use of burn barrels is prohibited, and so is the burning of trash, plastic, rubber, tar, petroleum products, treated or painted wood. Agricultural burning inside the Air Quality Zone is prohibited without a certificate of variance from the KCPH.

This burn window does not include the burning of commercial, construction, demolition, or industrial waste. Burning for these purposes requires a specific permit.

The Fire District has its own guidelines for public safety during the open-burn window:

  1. The wind must be between 4 to 10 mph. For wind speed call 541-883-8127.
  2. There must be a pressurized water hose at the fire site at all times.
  3. A responsible adult must be present at the fire from the first flame until the fire is extinguished.
  4. The burn pile shall be no larger than 6 feet in diameter and 4 feet high.
  5. There must be a six-foot clear area surrounding the base of the pile and the pile must be at least 20 feet from combustible fences and buildings.
  6. The person conducting any burning is responsible for damage and the cost of an out of control burn as well as traffic problems and other hazards caused by the smoke.

The Open-Burn Window may be cancelled at any time due to air quality or fire hazard conditions.

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