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Outdoor Burning in Oregon

Open burning means any burning in open, outdoor fires. This includes burning in barrels, outdoor burning when combustion air is not effectively controlled and combustion products that are not effectively vented through a stack or chimney. If you are burning outside without a way to control the fire and smoke, you are conducting open burning.

Depending on where you live, there may be bans or restrictions in place for open burning. Certain areas of the state do not allow burning or may require permits. Cities, counties and local fire districts also have their own restrictions on open burning.

DEQ is in the process of creating an interactive map that shows the statewide rules for burning restrictions based on type of burning. In addition to using the map, always check with your local fire department before you burn to learn of any new local bans or restrictions. 

Keep in mind that there are some things that are always prohibited from burning in Oregon. This page will help you better understand all topics related to outdoor and open burning including the types of burning, permits, and alternatives to burning to keep Oregon's air cleaner and safer for all.

  • Can I burn?
  • Alternatives to Burning
  • Prohibitions for Burning
  • Burning Permits
  • Burning Complaints

  • Agricultural
  • Demolition
  • Construction
  • Forest
  • Land clearing
  • Backyard burning
  • Recreational Burning & Barbeques

  • Health Impacts of Burning
  • Fire safety
  • Regional offices
  • Fire Districts
  • Other Agency Contacts

  • More Burning Resources
  • Woodstoves
  • Smoke Management
  • Wildfire


Morgan Schafer, 503-229-6251

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