Special Protection Zones (SPZ) have been established around
certain communities (see maps located within Department Directive 1-4-1-601,
"Operational Guidance for the Oregon Smoke Management Program, Appendix 5"
requiring additional protection from particulates. Any burning in an SPZ,
during its protection period, must have the approval of the meteorologist.
These SPZ provisions apply from November 15 through February 15 to the
following communities which are particulate matter (PM)
nonattainmentormaintenance areas: Klamath Falls, Medford, Oakridge, and
From November 15 through
February 15, prescribed burning in the SPZ is allowed on "Green" and "Yellow"
woodstove days (see OAR 340-262-0800
and local ordinances for communities
listed above) if:
(a) The ODF Smoke
Management meteorologist believessmoke impactswill not exceed smoke intrusion
(b) Landowners are
responsible for intermittent monitoring for at least three days following
ignition to ensure the smoke is not causing an impactthat could exceed smoke
intrusion levels.ODF can waive this provision if it believes monitoring is
unnecessary on a specific burn unitdue to limited smoke production.
(c) Landowners provide a level of mop-up, as
directed by ODF, to minimize smoke impactsto levels below a smoke
intrusion.Mop-up shall be included as an element of the burn plan.
(2) From December 1 through
February 15, no prescribed burning is allowed on "Red" woodstove days in the
SPZ. Prescribed burning on "Red" days from November 15 through 30 is allowed
and subject to the same conditions for "Green" and "Yellow" days as described
in section 1(a-c) of this rule.
Districts and Forests having jurisdiction in any SPZ will be responsible for
monitoring restrictions in the nonattainment or maintenance area as described
in section 1 and 2 of this rule.
(4) SPZ provisions shall apply as long as the
area is in PM nonattainment or is in maintenance of the PM standard. An SPZ
shall be developed by DEQ or Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) for
any newly declared PM nonattainment area, in consultation with ODF. For areas
declared nonattainment from January 1 through May 31, the new SPZ requirements
shall become effective on November 15 in the year the area is declared
nonattainment. If the area is declared nonattainment from June 1 through
December 31, the new SPZ shall be effective on November 15 of the following