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  

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

Burning Questions brochure

What are the meteorological conditions involved in field burning?

Field burning weather conditions information

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.

Smoke test fire notices

This subscription notifies users by email when smoke test fires will occur. This advisory is only during the field burning season. Subscribe to the smoke test fire notification list

Willamette Valley agricultural burning advisories

This subscription identifies agricultural burning. This is a year-round advisory. Subscribe to Willamette Valley agricultural burning list
Willamette Valley agricultural burning website

Willamette Valley open field burning forecast

This forecast is updated every weekday during the field burning season. Subscribe to the field burning forecast
Willamette Valley open field burning website

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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

2017 Field Burning Summary

2017 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 603 Division 77: ODA field burning rules

Rules relating to field burning OAR 603 Division 77: ODA 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

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Oregon DEQ website

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Oregon Department of Forestry website

Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC)

Oregon Environmental Quality Commission's website

Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal

Oregon fire marshal website

Oregon rules for open burning

Rules related to open burning OAR 340 Division 264: DEQ rules for open burning

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

Smoke test fire notices

This subscription notifies users by email when smoke test fires will occur. This advisory is only during the field burning season. Subscribe to the smoke test fire notification list

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

What are the meteorological conditions involved in field burning?

Field burning weather conditions information

Willamette Valley agricultural burning advisories

This subscription identifies agricultural burning. This is a year-round advisory. Subscribe to Willamette Valley agricultural burning list
Willamette Valley agricultural burning website

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Contact​

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