Fire units are enroute to the area.
Determined to be a large slash burn 1600 block of Yaquina Heights Drive. Homeowner had a burning permit, but failed to notify the fire department when he was lighting it off.
Burning permit holders are always encouraged to call the fire department when they are igniting a control burn, whether it’s brush clippings or timber slash. This morning’s incident is a good example in which all the paper work was in place but the burn permit holder did not call the fire department. All that firefighters knew was that there was a lot of black smoke inundating a large area – in this case both sides of Highway 20 – prompting the mobilization of several fire units who were racing around trying to find out what was burning. And while they were doing that, had anyone else called 9-1-1 with a real emergency – like a house fire or bad traffic crash – it might have caused a delayed response.
Simple common sense could have prevented that.
Anyone who takes out a burn permit should always, ALWAYS call the fire department right before they begin their burn. That way the fire department can send a couple of units out to confirm it’s you without having to draw down so many resources to find that out.