BEND, Ore. - Outdoor debris burning within Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District #2 will open at sunrise on Saturday morning, October 20th. Outdoor burning within the city limits of Bend is prohibited, in accordance with city ordinance 5.30.005.
Campfires, recreational fires, warming fires and cooking fires may be permitted within the city of Bend and Deschutes County Rural Fire District #2 as long as the proper safety precautions are followed, as outlined in the Bend Fire Department Burning Regulations which are available at all fire stations and on this web site; www.bendoregon.gov/fire.
The Bend Fire Department strongly recommends that those who chose to burn debris do so early in the day, prior to winds picking up that could spread a fire to nearby combustibles.
As an alternative to burning yard debris, residents can dispose of their dead leaves, pine needles and branches at Deschutes Recycling for a reduced fee starting October 29th until November 10th (closed on Sunday November 4th). Deschutes Recycling is located at the Knott landfill. During the twelve days of the Half Price Yard Debris Recycling event brought to you by Deschutes Recycling and FireFree, yard debris will be accepted for half off - just $2 per yard! Bend area garbage companies also offer curbside pickup of yard debris for a minimal charge. The sale is part of the FireFree awareness campaign to create and maintain a wildfire-defensible space around homes and businesses.
As a reminder, debris burning regulations may vary between governmental jurisdictions within the Central Oregon area. Please contact your local fire agency for specific requirements and closures.