Sisters Country Fire Chiefs announce the start of residential open debris burning after the area has seen cooler temperatures and recent moisture.
Open burning within the Black Butte Ranch, Cloverdale and Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Districts will be allowed beginning Saturday, October 17 at daylight. Residents are strongly encouraged to contact their local fire protection agencies for additional burning information and regulations. Please note that some municipalities such as the City of Sisters do not allow yard debris burning at any time during the year within their jurisdictions and certain homeowner’s associations may have further restrictions in place.
The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District utilizes an online burn permit registration system. The online system, which rolled out in spring 2019, now has a “Public Fire Safety” App available in both the Apple and Google Play stores, that can be downloaded directly to your smart phone. “We are excited to announce the availability of the Public Fire Safety app, which we’re confident will offer users an even easier experience than what the website is capable of,” said Deputy Chief Craig. Registering for a permit can be done online by visiting the District’s website at https://www.sistersfire.com, or by downloading the smart phone app. To register for a permit, your name, street address and phone number are required.
You will be required to check in each day you wish to burn to schedule your burning for the day. Open burning can only be conducted after registering and scheduling a burn either through the website or phone app. The requirement to check in each day is based on changing atmospheric and weather conditions such as wind or air dryness. The Fire District’s on-duty Shift Commanders will make a determination before 8 a.m. each day whether burning will be allowed within the District.
From the Fire District’s standpoint, safety during open burn season, which typically runs from November 1 to May 31 each year, is of the utmost importance. The online reporting system allows Fire District staff the ability to see who is burning on a daily basis, immediately notify users of changing conditions, message important fire safety information, ensure that those planning to burn are aware of the City of Sisters outdoor burn ban, and that the right jurisdiction is being notified of the planned burn.
Residents can also take advantage of the Fall FireFree Half Price Yard Debris Event. This event is held at Deschutes Recycling at the Knott Landfill. The event will be October 26-31 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and November 2-7 from 7 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. The Fall ½ Price Yard Debris Recycling event is a great way to rid your property of debris and create defensible space without burning. For more information about FireFree please visit https://www.firefree.org/.
Local fire departments will continue to monitor weather and fuel moisture conditions in their district and may make modifications on a day-to-day basis. Please call your local fire agency for more information.
Black Butte Ranch Fire District
Cloverdale Rural Fire Protection District
541-548-4815 burn information
Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District
541-549-2333 burn information