Outdoor burning is regulated by Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), as well as Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), and Oregon Department of Agriculture, depending on the type of burning. Outdoor burning is a source of air pollution which can have negative health impacts. For complete information, go to DEQ's page on Outdoor Burning in Oregon, which is the source of the information below.
Burning regulations are not the same in all areas and can vary with weather, fuel conditions, and types of material. If you are planning to burn, check with your local ODF district, fire protection district, or air protection authority to learn if there are any current burning restrictions in effect, and whether a permit is required:
|Agency||Phone Number (Non-Emergency)|
|Adair Rural Fire & Rescue||541-745-7212|
Burning Advisory: 541-766-6971 (generally updated after 8:15 a.m.)
|Hoskins-Kings Vly RFPD||541-929-2111|
Outdoor Burning Advisory Line: (541)-847-6166
Burn Permit line: 541-360-0030
Burn advisory line: 541-929-5903 (updated after 8:30am)
- Fire Agency Information.
- Willamette Valley Daily Open Burning Announcement (ODF/DEQ)
- Can I Burn? Mapping Tool (DEQ)
DEQ regulations prohibit open burning of the following materials at anytime, anywhere in Oregon:
- Wet garbage
- Wire insulation
- Automobile parts
- Petroleum treated materials
- Painted wood and wood treated with creosote or pentachlorophenol
- Rubber products including tires
- Animal remains
- Animal or vegetable matter resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking or service of food
- Any other material that emits dense smoke or noxious odors
The following requirements apply to any burning, when allowed by Fire Authority:
- You are responsible for any fire, smoke or odors created from open burning and for any damage that results from your fire.
- A responsible person must constantly attend any open burning.
- This person must be capable of and have the equipment to extinguish the fire.
- This person must also completely extinguish a fire before leaving it.
- The burning must be conducted between the hours of 7:30 AM and two hours before sunset.
- No burning can occur during a period when prohibited by the Department of Environmental Quality or the State Fire Marshal because of adverse fire safety, meteorological, or air quality conditions.
- If you plan to move debris from one site to another and burn it you need a DEQ permit.
These are in addition to requirements by local fire authorities.
It is against the law to conduct any open burning that:
- Unreasonably interferes with enjoyment of life or property;
- Creates a public or private nuisance; or
- Creates a hazard to public safety
- Contact Republic Services for waste hauling service information.
- Recycle paper products when possible
- Dispose of waste at a landfill
- Compost yard debris and kitchen scraps
- Reuse old lumber
- Buy or rent a chipper and use chips for mulch and compost.
- Bring materials to Spring Cleanup Events near you.
- Take hazardous materials, including oil-based paints, solvents, garden chemicals, and car fluids to a hazardous waste collection event. Burning these materials is illegal and extremely dangerous.
- More info at https://www.oregon.gov/deq/aq/Pages/Burning-101.aspx