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FIRE SEASON 2022 IS IN EFFECT FOR THE ESTACADA FIRE DISTRICT AS OF JULY 6! 

OUTDOOR BURNING IS PROHIBITED UNTIL FIRE SEASON IS DECLARED OVER.

Recreational burning is allowed.  Recreational burning is not allowed during “RED FLAG WARNING” days or when the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is at a level III or IV!

PLEASE DO NOT CALL 911 TO REPORT BURNING.  ONLY CALL 911 FOR FIRES THREATENING LIFE AND/OR PROPERTY!

Clackamas County non-Emergency number: 503-655-8211 (24/7)

What is a recreational fire?

 

A recreational fire is a fire at your residence that is used for the purpose of cooking, warming or similar recreation. There is no permit required for recreational fires. Burning backyard debris is regulated by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and is NOT considered recreational burning.

A large bonfire for a special event or ceremony WILL require a permit and possible site inspection.

Campfires

Campfires are permitted and can be used for cooking and warming. Burning any garbage or debris is prohibited. Campfires cannot be in a wooded area. They MUST be located in a designated pit within the landscaped footprint of your home at least 25 feet away from combustible materials. The area around the fire should be clear of anything that can catch fires such as dry grass, brush or wood piles. Fire pits must be small enough that the fire can be controlled. The pit may not be larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height at the deepest point.

During a recreational fire, you may only burn dry wood or charcoal. Wood must be contained within the designated fire pit or container. Recreational fires are NOT allowed during extremely dry or windy weather conditions. Recreational Fires must be constantly attended until the fire is completely extinguished. 

The following list is suitable on-site fire extinguishing equipment:

  • Fire Extinguisher (minimum 4-A rating)
  • 5-gallon bucket of dirt or sand
  • Water Barrel
  • Garden Hose

Using an Outdoor Fireplace, Fire Bowl or Chimenea ?

The use of an outdoor fireplace, fire bowl or Chimenea is permitted as a recreational fire and does not require a permit. These containers should be located at least 25 feet away from a structure and clear of combustible materials. It is recommended that they be set on sturdy, non- combustible surfaces such as a brick patio. Always follow the manufacturer fire safety suggestions.

 

Summary of Important Safety Tips

  • Keep fires in designated fire pits no more than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height
  • Make sure the fire is constantly attended and extinguishing tools are nearby
  • Clear the area around the fire. Remove any combustible materials such as dry grass, leaves or wood piles
  • Keep fires small enough that they can be controlled and easily extinguished
  • Recreational fires are NOT allowed during extremely dry or windy weather conditions
  • You may only burn firewood or charcoal; household garbage is not permitted

 

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.

 

If you still have questions or concerns regarding recreational fires, please

contact the Deputy Fire Marshal at

503-630-7788

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: <ahref=”https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/firerestrictions/PFR.html”>https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/firerestrictions/PFR.html.

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.

Contact the Estacada Fire Department