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​.

Smoke Management Program Complaint Form​

​​Forest fire information

Northwest Interagency Coordination Center fire location map

The Northwest Fire Location map displays active fire incidents within Oregon and Washington. Northwest fire location map

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Resources

2013 Field Burning Summary

2013 burning summary

2014 Field Burning Summary

2014 burning summary

2015 Field Burning Summary

2015 burning summary

2016 Field Burning Summary

2016 burning summary

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

Burning Questions brochure

California Air Resources Board

California Air Resources website

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Idaho DEQ website

Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority (LRAPA)

Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority website

Light fields quickly with rapid field ignition techniques

Light fields quickly brochure

Northwest Interagency Coordination Center fire location map

The Northwest Fire Location map displays active fire incidents within Oregon and Washington. Northwest fire location map

OAR 340 Division 200: DEQ general air pollution procedures

Rules relating to air pollution DEQ general air pollution rules

OAR 340 Division 264: DEQ rules for open burning

Rules related to open burning State open burning rules

OAR 603 Division 77: ODA field burning rules

Rules relating to field burning State field burning rules

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

Rules relating to field burning Fire marshal rules for field burning

Office of the State Fire Marshal

State fire marshal's website

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Oregon DEQ website

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Department of forestry's website

Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC)

Oregon Environmental Quality Commission's website

Oregon Seed Council (OSC)

Oregon Seed Council's website

ORS 468A ODA Air Quality

Statutes relating to air quality State air quality rules

Seed Crops Extension at OSU

OSU seed crops website

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

USDA's website

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA's website

Washington State Department of Ecology

Washington State Department of Ecology's 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
Jason Eck
Registration and Permitting Coordinator
Phone: 503-986-4794
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