Outdoor Burning Requirements

Outdoor Burning Season is Currently Open. Call the Burn Info Line to check for temporary closures.

Burn info line: (541) 923-4633

If your burn permit number starts with "2014" then the permit is still valid - you do not need to come to the station to renew it. Before doing any outdoor burning call the Burn Line at (541) 923-4633 for updated conditions. If you cannot find your permit stop by the fire station and we can provide you with a copy.

General requirements:

  • Each day, before you begin any outdoor burning, you must call the outdoor burning information line to determine if burning is allowed or closed, and if allowed, the times you are allowed to burn.
  • Failure to follow the outdoor burning regulations, or burning without a permit, may result in loss of your burning privileges, fines, and/or legal consequences.
  • YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR FIRE AND ANY DAMAGE THAT RESULTS FROM IT.
  • All fires must be constantly attended by an adult until the fire is extinguished (cold to the touch).
  • The following equipment must be on site of any outdoor burn: 1) shovel or rake, 2) garden hose or other water source sufficient to extinguish the fire.
  • All flammable vegetation must be cleared for a minimum of 10 feet around any outdoor burning site.
  • You must be able to produce your burning permit when requested by any fire or law enforcement official.

The Fire Chief or his designee is authorized to order the extinguishment of any open burning which creates, or adds to, a hazardous or objectionable situation in his/her opinion.

The burning of the following materials is prohibited by Oregon DEQ at all times: garbage (this includes household garbage), plastic, asbestos, wire insulation, automobile parts, asphalt, shingles, tarpaper, petroleum treated materials, painted or treated wood, rubber products (including tires), commercial waste, demolition waste, construction waste, animal remains, animal or vegetable matter from food preparation, any material that emits dense smoke or noxious odors.

Burning that will be offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions OR when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous, is prohibited.

Residential outdoor burning of yard debris:

  • The minimum required distance from a structure is 25 feet when the pile size is 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height, or the fire is contained in a burn barrel. Burn barrels must be equipped with a metal top screen of one-fourth inch (1/4 inch) or finer mesh.
  • The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 50 feet where the pile size is greater than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
  • Burn piles must be sized so fires will be completely out by the required time indicated on the burn information line.
  • ABSOLUTELY NO DEBRIS BURNING AFTER SUNSET.

Campfires:

  • Campfires are prohibited when the Fire Danger Rating is extreme and during periods of Red Flag Warning due to hazardous fire weather, or at any other time declared by the Fire Chief or his designee.
  • Campfires and portable fireplaces may only be ignited after sunset and extinguished before sunrise.
  • Campfires shall not be larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height, and shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure and/or within 10 feet of flammable vegetation.
  • Portable outdoor fireplaces are considered campfires and shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall not be ignited within 25 feet of a structure and/or within 10 feet of flammable vegetation.