Winston-Dillard Fire District
News & Events
Congratulations to Firefighter Davis Weiss for successfully passing probation! He has demonstrated steadfast dedication to the citizens of Winston and Dillard to achieve this milestone. Firefighter Weiss is a second-generation firefighter whose father faithfully served the Winston-Dillard Fire Department. We wish him a long and healthy career as he continues to serve the citizens of Winston and Dillard.
The Douglas Forest Protective Association will officially end fire season within the Douglas District on Monday, October 12th at noon. The end of fire season is a result of recent wetting rains and an overall cooling trend which returned to the area.
With the end of fire season, both DFPA’s Public Use Restrictions and industrial fire restrictions will no longer be in effect. Backyard debris burning outside of incorporated cities will be allowed without a burn permit from DFPA, however, residents should contact their local fire department before conducting any type of debris burning as fire restrictions may vary between local fire districts. The only type of burning that requires a permit from DFPA outside of fire season is for the burning of logging slash. Any type of commercial tree harvest that requires excess debris to be burned constitutes logging slash and therefore requires a burn permit. Permits to burn logging slash can be obtained by calling DFPA at 541-672-6507.
Despite fire season coming to an end, fire officials advise residents to exercise caution when burning yard debris or using fire in the woods. Several days of sunshine and dry weather during the fall months can create a fire risk even if a week or more of rainy, cool conditions precede them. When burning yard debris, make sure to have an adequate fire trail around the pile before ignition begins and have fire tools and a water supply at the burn site. Debris piles should never be left burning unattended and should be fully extinguished before leaving the area. If a debris burn escapes containment, the responsible party may be held financially responsible for the resulting fire suppression costs and associated damages.
During this difficult time where fires are impacting all of us in the county as well as statewide, the Winston-Dillard Fire District has responded to help our community partners with structural protection efforts. The district has also maintained full station staffing and, in some cases, additional staffing in our station areas to ensure our customers continue to receive timely and efficient professional fire and EMS services. Our personnel are working hard to serve and protect our customers and our community. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the outpouring of support we continue to receive. This is our community, and we’re honored to be a part of it.
The Winston-Dillard Fire District would like to thank the Roseburg Forest Products Dillard Branch for donating some of their extra N95 masks, Tyvek suits, and sterile gloves. This equipment will be used to help keep department personnel safe in the upcoming months as we face a potential PPE shortage and we are incredibly grateful!