Backyard and agricultural burning – Call 503-695-2225

Typically this type of burning is closed by July 1st of each year. It resumes when rain returns consistently in late September/October. 

Start your fires early in the day so that they are out by dark and always call to make sure burning is allowed (503-695-2225). Predicted wind speed can also be the deciding factor on whether it’s a burn day or not.

If the weather forecast is wrong and/or our message says it’s ok to burn but it’s windy out, please do us a favor and wait for a better day.

For recreational burning, please follow the guidelines and rules listed below

Recreational fires are defined as burning clean, dry, cord type firewood in a standard campfire type setting. When burning a fire of this type, you must build the fire in a pit or pan prepared for this purpose. The fire must not be larger than a standard campfire, less than three feet in diameter, with the pile less than two feet in height. 

  • Cooking with standard barbecue equipment – no limitations
  • Outdoor fire for ceremonies, large gatherings, institutions, camps or retreat centers, a permit from Fire District #14 must be obtained. Please call 503-695-2272 for an inspection and written permit.
  • A recreational fire located in a pit shall be at least 25 feet from any structures or combustible fencing. Fires contained in fireplace type receptacles, including chimineas, shall be no less than 15 feet from a structure, or the approved distance listed in the manufacturer’s directions, whichever is less.
  • Outdoor burning devices equipped with a spark arrester shall not have the arrester modified in any way.
  • A responsible person shall be in attendance at all times and have approved fire extinguishing equipment close at hand.
  • The smoke from the fire must not be of a noxious quality or amount that causes complaints from the neighbors.
  • No garbage or similar material is to be burned in these fires.
  • Observe common safety practices while enjoying recreational fires, cease burning if the wind picks up to 15 mph or higher. Be careful and watch out for small children in the vicinity.
  • Please be sure the fire is completely out if it can no longer be attended.

Fire District #14 may require the extinguishment of any outdoor fire if safety rules are being violated.  In the summer months there may be a State wide ban on burning, burning of any kind is prohibited during an Open Burning Ban. If you have questions call 503-695-2272. Thank you for your cooperation.