Burning

Burning Resumes INSIDE city limits

With a valid burn permit, residents within the city limits of The Dalles are now allowed to burn small piles of yard debris. To be valid must have been purchased on or after October 6, 2016. City residents may NOT burn in a barrel or other type of incinerator by city ordinance. For questions regarding the city burning ordinance, please contact City of The Dalles at (541) 296-5481.

City residents may burn in small piles all daylight hours until December 1, 2016 at which time burning is not authorized until the spring (April 1-May 14). If you purchase a burn permit for the fall season, it will still be good for the spring season, so please place your permit in a location where it can be found again. Permits will not be reissued if misplaced.

Permits are available by clicking Burn Permits above or by stopping by the fire station at 1400 W. 8th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058 (PayPal or Credit Card). Permits cost $5.00. If purchasing at the fire station, be advised that we only accept cash or checks (credit cards are not accepted at the fire station).

Burning resumes OUTSIDE the city limits

For those addresses outside the city limits of The Dalles and within Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue’s district boundaries, burning will resume on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Burning permits are required and can be obtained online (with Paypal or Credit Card) or in person at Station 1, 1400 W. 8th Street, The Dalles. Only cash or checks are accepted at the station.

Burning inside the city limits will resume on October 16 at sun-up and extend until December 1. Once burning resumes, burning inside the city is only allowed in small piles. By city ordinance, burning in barrels or incinerators is no longer allowed.

If you have questions, please call or stop by the fire station. Permits will not be available in the station until after 8:00 AM, October 6, 2016.

Burning Prohibited

As of June 30 at 11:00 AM, all outdoor burning is prohibited within Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue’s boundaries. No burning is allowed which includes open burns and incinerators (burn barrels). Furthermore, all permits issued by Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue will expire. When burning resumes in the fall, all citizens who wish to burn will need to purchase or renew their Burn Permit by visiting the Fire Station (check or cash only) or online at the link above (credit card or PayPal required).

 

Burning in piles prohibited

Effective 12:01am, June 8, 2016, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue will be restricting all issued burn permits to individuals living outside of the city limits. The restriction will prohibit all outdoor pile burning operations. The use of a burn barrel, with the appropriate screening, will be allowed to continue at this time. Under city ordinance, no burn barrels are allowed to be used.

This restriction on issued burn permits is a result of recent observed fire behavior and current fire danger indicators. MCFR will not be issuing any new burn permits until after this year’s fire season.

MCFR reminds individuals who are allowed to continue using a burn barrel, that they shall follow all the requirements listed on the burn permit. Failure to follow all the rules on their permit or violate the burning restriction could result in individuals being liable for all costs associated with a response to their operation.

For questions regarding this restriction or any burn permit questions, please contact Division Chief Dan Hammel at 541-296-9445 or dhammel@mcfr.org.

Outdoor Burn Pile Restrictions Instituted

With the Declaration of Fire Season by Oregon Department of Forestry, current weather forecasts and growing drought conditions, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue will be modifying allowable burning operations:

Effective June 13th, 2014 at 6:00 am, all outdoor pile burning shall be prohibited.

This restriction applies to all properties within the Fire District boundary.

Individuals who reside outside of the city limits may continue to use an approved burn barrel, as long as they have a valid burn permit. Individuals responsible for any fires resulting from the use of a burn barrel, failure to follow permit requirements, or failure to comply with the modified burn pile restriction will make the responsible party liable for all related costs.

Failure to follow the burning ordinance within the city limits is also grounds for citation under the city burn ordinance. For questions regarding the city burn ordinance, contact the City Code Enforcement office at (541) 296-5481 Press Option 4 or email at nlesich@ci.the-dalles.or.us

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Burn Information

  • There is NO burning allowed anywhere within Wasco County starting July 1, 2017 until fire season ends.
  • When burning resumes in the fall (date to be determined), permits are always required to burn, regardless of your location within the Fire District.
  • Burn barrels are no longer allowed inside the city limits.

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