It’s definitely the “Burn Season” around western Oregon, as well as here on the coast. Many logging operations that have shut down for the winter leaveing behind big piles of logging debris and brush. In order to reduce the fire danger next Spring and Summer, timber owners obtain permits from the Oregon Department of Forestry to burn their slash piles. And depending on the weather and the wind patterns, they get permission to do just that.
Forestry officials say that slash burning is allowed only when wind conditions are light, allowing the smoke to rise in a vertical column up to around four to five thousand feet where it can dissipate over a wide area and not be a problem to residents. When winds are blowing below four to five thousand feet the smoke becomes a major problem.
Officials told News Lincoln County that there are a couple slash burns up the Yachats river which should be over by the end of today. There’s another slash fire that will be lit northwest of Siletz this afternoon at around 2pm. There is another one about 4 miles south of Burnt Woods that will be lit sometime around 4pm.
ODF says the slash burn season is likely to run through the first week of December. Again, permits are required and are issued only when there is calm air up to about four to five thousand feet. Otherwise, no slash burning allowed.