Daily Burn Information Line
1-877-982-0011 (Updated each day after 9 am)
Projected Open Burning Seasons
SPRING – March 1 through June 15 (projected and is dependent on fire conditions)
FALL – October 1 through December 15 (projected and is dependent on fire conditions)
Open Burning Questions or Complaints
- Burning Regulations: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
- File a Complaint: by phone or online or by email.
Backyard Burning (Open Burning)
Is the burning of debris in an outdoor fireplace, burn barrel, backyard incinerator, or piles of yard debris. You can only burn during Open Burning Seasons - call the daily burn information line before you burn.
Allowed Materials - What can I burn?
You can burn yard debris: wood, needles, or leaves from plants grown and burned on the property of origin.
Prohibited Materials - What I can't burn?
Tires, plastics, decomposable garbage (organic material, paper), petroleum and petroleum-treated materials, asphalt and asphalt materials, chemicals (pesticides, cleaners, detergents), or any material that produces black or dense smoke.
Agricultural burning is the burning of any agriculture waste generated by an agricultural operation that uses or intends to use, land primarily for the purpose of obtaining a profit by raising, harvesting, and selling crops or raising or selling animals (including poultry) or the products of animal husbandry. Prohibited materials, such as tires, cannot be burned even in an agricultural setting. Learn More
Ag Burning during Fire Season
All agricultural burning (that is not Field Burning which is regulated separately) from June 16th through October 15th requires a burn permit issued by Stayton Fire District (503-769-2601) or Oregon Department of Forestry (503-859-2151).
The burning of residue left from the harvest of a grass seed crop is regulated by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. If you have a complaint about field burning, please call the Department of Agriculture (ODA) at 503-986-4709, or if you have questions call 503-986-4701 or you can email ODA.
If you chose to Burn your yard debris, follow these safety tips:
Know the weather forecast. Never burn on very dry or windy days because it is easy for burning to spread out of control.
Burn only yard debris. State regulations prohibit the open burning of any material that creates dense smoke or noxious odors.
Keep your burn pile small or use a burn barrel. Clear at least a 15-foot radius around a barrel and at least a 25-foot radius around your burn pile, and make sure there are no tree branches or power lines above. Wet down the surrounding area before, during, and after the burn.
Always have water and fire tools on site. Keep a water-charged hose, a bucket of water, a shovel, and dirt or sand nearby to extinguish the fire.
Stay with the fire. Oregon law requires that you monitor a debris burn continually from start to finish until completely out.
Extinguish the fire. Drown the burn pile with water, stir the coals, and drown again. Repeat until the fire is completely out.
Recheck the fire. Go back and recheck old burn piles, as they can retain heat for several weeks and rekindle when the weather warms and the wind begins to blow.