SMOKE MANAGEMENT FORECAST AND INSTRUCTIONS

SALEM FORESTRY WEATHER CENTER

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

 

ISSUED: Friday, April 3, 2020 4:50 PM Pete Parsons

 

1. DISCUSSION AND FORECAST FOR NORTHEAST FORECAST AREA ZONES 637-646

 

*********************** COVID-19 NOTICE *****************************

*** A VOLUNTARY REQUEST TO CURTAIL OUTDOOR BURNING IS IN EFFECT. ***

Details are on the ODF Smoke Management website at: https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Burn.aspx

We do not plan to issue written instructions during this COVID-19 Notice (likely at least through the month of April). However, the forecast office will continue to be remotely staffed Monday Friday, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For questions regarding prescribed burns, please call the forecast office at 503-945-7401.

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2. SPECIAL NOTE:

 

The smoke management forecaster is available at (503)-

945-7401. Please call this number and not individual's

numbers to discuss daily burning. For large burns (over

2000 tons) or burns extending over a considerable period,

please request a special forecast.

 

http://www.odf.state.or.us/DIVISIONS/protection/fire_protection/Daily/neo.htm

 

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from the email list for this product, please go to the link:

http://weather.smkmgt.com/mailman/listinfo/

 

Please ensure your units have been planned and accomplished by checking:

http://oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/SMP/dailysmoke.shtml

 

A map of planned and/or accomplished burns is located at:

http://geo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=a7e321dc8fc444b7a33fbc67bc673a3b

 

 

3. STANDARD GUIDANCE MATRIX:

 

* Greater than 5000 ft mixing height: Limit to 150 tons per mile from downwind SSRAs.

Example: 75 tons allowed if burned a half mile from a downwind SSRA.

 

* 3000 - 5000 ft mixing height: Limit to 50 tons per mile if burning

within 5 miles of downwind SSRAs. Limit to 100 tons per mile if burning

5 miles or beyond downwind SSRAs.

Example #1: 200 tons allowed if burned 4 miles from a downwind SSRA.

Example #2: 500 tons allowed if burned 5 miles from a downwind SSRA.

 

* Less than 3000 ft mixing height: No burning within 5 miles of

downwind SSRAs. Limit to 60 tons per mile from downwind SSRAs.

Example: 300 tons allowed if burned 5 miles from a downwind SSRA.

 

* Ensure adequate spacing between units when burning near downwind SSRAs.

 

* Use of polyethylene (PE) sheeting on greater than 75 percent of piles in

a unit will allow a 50 percent increase in tonnage over the existing

instruction tonnage for that zone.

 

* All exceptions must be coordinated with the duty forecaster

prior to ignition.

 

 

4. BURN MONITORING:

 

Burns over 2000 tons must be monitored (OAR 629-048-0230(3) - 7/1/14). Monitoring of all

burns is highly recommended for both smoke management purposes and wildfire potential.