FIRE SEASON 2021 HAS ENDED AND BACKYARD DEBRIS BURNING IS OPEN EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2021.
To file smoke complaints or pollution concerns related to burning, contact DEQ 24/7 at: 888.997.7888 or file a complaint online, click HERE https://www.oregon.gov/deq/Get-Involved/Pages/File-Pollution-Complaint.aspx. Do NOT call 911 for smoke complaints. If a burn pile is threatening life or property, call 911.
Backyard burning is currently open.
Recreational fires (i.e., fire pits, warming fires, etc.) are allowed. We encourage everyone to continue to be careful and have a hose or fire extinguisher nearby. As a reminder, fires need to be less than 3 ft. in diameter and 2 ft. high, burning only dry, cut firewood.
Other activities that are allowed: BBQs, mowing, chainsaws use, etc. For current Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)’s restrictions, please click here:
Agricultural burning is open when the Oregon Department of Agriculture allows it. Please call the daily agricultural burn number to check if it’s a DEQ approved burn day and the approved burn hours by calling: 503.986.4755.
Backyard burning is the burning of organic yard debris on the property of origin, on approved burn days, and during approved burn hours. Backyard burning opened October 1, 2021. Please call the burn line number to make sure burning is allowed each day prior to burning.
Immediately call 911 to report threatening fires only.
Burning information is updated every morning by 9:00 AM, call 503-630-7714.
Contact DEQ to report smoke complaints at 888-997-7888.
D.E.Q. has the authority under state law to prohibit open burning anywhere in the state on a day-to-day basis.
Always call the Fire District’s burning information line before you burn. Fires must be attended at all times until completely burned out or extinguished.
The Fire Chief or his authorized Deputy may revoke or suspend any permit whenever, in their judgment, any violation warrants such action.
The following materials are prohibited from being burned:
- Rubber products
- Tires; Plastic
- Wet Garbage
- Petroleum & petroleum-treated materials
- Asphalt or industrial waste
- Any material that creates dense smoke or noxious odors
WARNING: GASOLINE AND OTHER FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS ARE VERY VOLATILE AND DANGEROUS. DO NOT USE FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS TO START YOUR FIRE!
Types of Permits
Domestic/Backyard Permit: Yard debris (i.e. wood, needle, or leaf material from trees, shrubs, or plants). All materials should be dry and the fire must be out by dark. Once domestic waste is removed from the property of origin, it becomes commercial waste.
This type of burning may be done in a burn barrel or pile and at least 10′ from any structure.
Agriculture Permit: Agriculture operations means an activity on land currently used or intended to be used primarily for the purpose of obtaining a profit in money by raising, harvesting, and selling crops or by the raising and sale of livestock or poultry, or the produce thereof. It does not include the construction and use of dwellings customarily provided in conjunction with the agricultural operation.
Extended agricultural burning 5 – 30 Day: (Land Clearing/Agricultural) Burning that will be ongoing for a longer period of time. The following criteria must be met prior to burning:
- No more than 3 piles burning at one time
- Equipment and personnel on site
- No adding to or stirring up fires 2 hours prior to darkness
- Special or circumventing weather conditions could cause permits to be revoked (i.e.: unforeseen fire hazard caused by hot-dry conditions or days of high winds)
Special hazard areas or forest reproduction contact Oregon Department of Forestry 503-829-2216.
Forest Management: Only the Oregon Department of Forestry can write these permits. True slash burning for the purpose of forest management. Slash means forest debris or woody vegetation to be burned under a smoke management plan (i.e.: Logging, etc.).
D.E.Q.: May provide letter permit (hardship) exceptions. These permits must be requested by the landowner directly to D.E.Q. at 503-229-5393.