December 7, 2017 10: 15 a.m.
While the region deals with an Air Stagnation Advisory lasting for over a week. Officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association say some slash burning is still being allowed.
Kyle Reed of DFPA says the burning of logging slash is restricted throughout the year and requires a permit before it can be burned. He says logging slash is restricted not only for smoke management but also because slash burning is stopped at a certain point in the spring to reduce the chance for something holding over and popping back up later in the summer. Reed says there is still some slash burning that hasn’t taken place this fall but the majority has already been completed.
Reed says slash burning may be considered if the site meets the conditions that were set for the day. Sometimes when there is air stagnation in the valley, Reed says you can find opportunities to burn outside of the inversion, on the ridge tops. He says if you get to the higher elevations you can see sunny blue skies with temperatures that are 10 to 15 degrees warmer that it might be at the same time in the valleys.
For example, on Wednesday when it was in the upper 30s to around 40 in Roseburg, the temperatures on Burnt Ridge west of Roseburg, Signal Tree near Camas Valley and Silver Butte outside of Riddle were all at about 50 degrees. In fact the weather stations near Tiller and on Bland Mountain were showing 55 degrees at that time.
Kyle Reed says that backyard debris burning is not restricted outside of fire season.