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City of Grants Pass Spring Open Burn Window Canceled Amid Dry Weather and COVID-19

News Release from Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety
Posted on FlashAlert: April 22nd, 2020 9:16 AM

The City of Grants Pass recognizes that residents utilize the open burn window to dispose of woody vegetation that has accumulated throughout the winter months. However, it’s important to weigh possible effects on the wider community. Smoke from fires during the current pandemic may result in the following negative consequences for the public and first responders:

  • Smoke inhalation can cause upper respiratory symptoms, which could be incorrectly attributed to COVID-19, leading to unnecessary testing or self-isolation.
  • Exposure to smoke and other forms of air pollution can increase the risk of contracting an infectious respiratory disease such as COVID-19, increase the severity of existing respiratory infections, and worsen underlying chronic respiratory conditions.
  • There is a severe shortage of personal protective equipment to reduce smoke exposure at this time.
  • First responders are on a heightened level of response to COVID-19 and reducing calls for smoke investigation and escaped open burns keeps resources available.

COVID-19 affects the respiratory system. Fever, cough and difficulty breathing are the most common symptoms. While some people with COVID-19 are hospitalized, most patients recover at home, where smoke from a nearby outdoor burn could worsen their condition. To avoid additional health impacts, the Oregon State Fire Marshal has asked all people in Oregon to voluntarily refrain from conducting outdoor burning activities until further notice. We have elected to follow their guidance.

The City of Grants Pass encourages the public to compost, chip or take your yard debris to a recycling center. You can also contact your sanitation service for a green waste container.

  • Republic Services 541-479-3371
  • Southern Oregon Sanitation 541-479-5335

Please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau for questions. They may be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed for lunch from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM). Offices are closed to in-person contacts due to COVID-19.

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  1. Fire/Rescue Bureau

    Fire Non-Emergency
    (M - F, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

    Ph: 541-450-6200
    Fx: 541-476-1929

    Non-Emergency After Hours
    Ph: 541-450-6260

    Emergency: 911

    Fire Rescue Division 2017

    Physical Address

    800 East Park Street
    Grants Pass, OR 97527

    Mailing Address

    800 East Park St
    Grants Pass, OR 97527
    Staff Directory

  2. Ride-Along Program

    Policy on Ride-Alongs (PDF)

    Request to Participate Form (PDF)

  3. Josephine County Burn Line


    541-476-9663 ext. 3
    (476-WOOD)