The Tillamook County Fire Defense Board, in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), will enter into a countywide burn ban on all open debris pile burning on July 15. On August 1, the county will enter a total burn ban of all burning, including burn barrels. Residents are encouraged to plan ahead and complete all burning prior to the ban.
In Tillamook County, for the general public, burning permits are required for residents that live within a City Fire Department District or Rural Fire Protection District. They will need to contact their local fire department for burn permit requirements.
In the remainder of Tillamook County, the ODF issues burning permits once fire season has been declared. There is no fee for the burn permit, but an on-site inspection with the land owner is performed prior to issuing a permit. Information about burning permits and how to obtain a permit for Tillamook District is available by calling the Oregon ODF at 503-815-7056, or you may contact your local fire department.
It is also a good reminder that fire can be a hazard at any time of the year if steps are not taken to use it safely. Whenever you use fire, whether for debris burning or for a campfire, use these steps: Never leave your fire unattended, always have a hose and shovel at the fire to prevent the fire from spreading, and check with your local fire protection agency prior to burning.
The ban does not include permitted campfires and campfires in designated sites. Campfires on the beach must be at least 50 feet away from vegetation and any driftwood concentrations.
For further information, please contact your local fire district or the ODF.