Outdoor Burning

Fall Backyard Burning Season: October 1 – December 15

Spring Backyard Burning Season: March 1 – June 15 

Please contact the daily burn line to confirm whether it is a DEQ authorized burn day, including approved hours at: 503.632.0211.

Backyard Burning

  1. Backyard burning is NOT permitted inside the DEQ Burn Ban boundary (When using the map, if you are in the blue area, you are in the burn ban boundary and unable to burn). Backyard burning outside the DEQ Burn Ban area is permitted only during burn seasons and on DEQ approved burn days.
  2. Backyard burning includes yard debris, trimmings, and clippings only. Dimensional lumber, trash, other non-yard debris items cannot be burned at any time. Persons must ensure that combustible material is dried to the best extent possible. This includes covering combustible material to protect from moisture and loosely stacking material to eliminate dirt, rocks, or other noncombustible material to promote an adequate air supply within the burning pile.
  3. Backyard burning is only allowed during daylight hours and within a specified distance from a structure. Open burning shall not be conducted within 50 feet of any structure or other combustible material. Conditions, which could cause the fire to spread to within 50 feet of a structure, shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
  4. If a fire starts to spread to other combustible materials or threatens structures, call 9-1-1 immediately.