Natural Resources

The Smoke Management Program of the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) administers the rules for field burning in the Willamette Valley. 

The program roles are as follows:

  • Coordinate, register, and distribute burn permits
  • Authorize burning activities during the field burning season
  • Provide ground surveillance during burn activities
  • Monitor acreage burned and collect burn fees
  • Enforce the rules that govern open field burning of grass and cereal grain in the North Willamette Valley

Burning and restrictions

ODA regulates grass seed and cereal grain burning. 

Burning types include the following:

  • Open field burning 
  • Test fires 
  • Training fires 
  • Preparatory "prep" burning  
​Read the burning and restrictions document for burning type definitions.

Permits

  • Field burning: Issued for grass seed and cereal grain growers in the North Willamette Valley
  • Agricultural burning: Contact us to find out if you qualify

Email subscriptions

Stay informed about burning with open field burning forecasts, smoke test fire notices, and Willamette Valley agricultural burning advisories by signing up for email notices on the weather webpage​.

Resources

2012 Field Burning Summary

Document

2013 Field Burning Summary

Document

Burning Questions: A guide to burning regulations in the Willamette Valley

Q & A of burning rules Document

Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority (LRAPA)

Website

OAR 340 Division 200: DEQ general air pollution procedures

Rules relating to air pollution Law or rule

OAR 340 Division 264: DEQ rules for open burning

Rules related to open burning Law or rule

OAR 603 Division 77: ODA field burning rules

Rules relating to Field Burning Law or rule

OAR 837 Division 110: State fire marshal rules for field burning

Rules relating to Field Burning Law or rule

Office of the State Fire Marshal

Website

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Website

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Website

Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC)

Website

Oregon Seed Council (OSC)

Website

ORS 468A ODA Air Quality

Statutes relating to air quality Law or rule

Seed Crops Extension at OSU

Website

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​​More info from ODA

Contact

Grower hotline (agricultural burning)
Phone: 503-986-4755
Smoke comment hotline (Salem)
Phone: 503-986-4709
Information line
Phone: 503-986-4701
John Byers
Program Manager
Phone: 503-986-4718
Anne Friend
Registration and Permitting Coordinator
Phone: 503-986-4794
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