The onset of cool, damp fall weather allows firefighters to begin fall burning activities on the Siuslaw National Forest, which includes burning piles of woody debris and limbs that have accumulated throughout the year from forest restoration projects. Starting as early as November 12th and continuing through February, trained firefighting personnel will ignite the pile fires when fire danger is low and monitor them to ensure fires do not spread outside the immediate vicinity. Burning these piles of debris and limbs is one of the most effective ways to remove non-merchantable woody debris from the forest before it can become a hazardous fuel in the dry summer months.
“These pile burns are an essential tool of forest management,” said Jason Amis, acting Assistant Fire Management Officer for the Siuslaw National Forest. “The goal of these monitored burns is to reduce fuels across the landscape in an effort to lower the risk of extreme fire behavior under hot, dry conditions.”
Pile burning operations are planned on both Hebo and Central Coast ranger districts over the next few months as conditions allow. Members of the public may encounter smoke associated with these burns. If unsure whether smoke or a fire is from a planned pile burn, citizens can contact their local fire department or the Eugene Interagency Communication Center at 541-225-6400 for more information.