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Central Oregon fire chiefs to halt outdoor burning May 1


Due to low snowpack, lack of rainfall and early season warming, all debris, commercial and agricultural burning in areas protected by Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District #2 will be banned effective May 1 st for the duration of fire season, officials said Monday.

The burning ban was approved by all fire chiefs from Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties, along with state and federal land managers.

Outdoor debris burning within the city limits of Bend is closed year-round by city ordinance.

Backyard fires which include warming fires, campfires and cooking fires are allowed in the Bend area, when used within the guidelines set forth in the Bend Fire Department burning regulations, available online at

Residents who would like an alternative to debris burning are urged to take advantage of Fire Free week, May 1 through 9. Residents can take their yard debris to be recycled free of charge.

Knott Landfill will be accepting yard debris May 1-9 except Sunday May 3. The old Westside Transfer Station (19755 SW Simpson) will be open May 1and 2 and May 8 and 9. Check for hours of operation and defensible space suggestions.

As a reminder to all Central Oregon residents, be advised that regulations may vary between fire protection jurisdictions. Contact your local, state or federal fire agency for specific requirements and closures.

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