Burn Permit Outside the City Limits

Burn Permits


Burn Permit Outside the City Limits

Nothing in this permit relieves a person starting a fire from responsibility for providing adequate protection to prevent injury or damage to the person or property of another. If such burning results in the escape of fire and injury or damage to the person or property of another, such escape and damage or injury constitutes prima facie evidence that the burning was not safe.  The Fire District shall not assume any responsibility for any damages caused thereby.

General Burn Permit Regulations

  1. No person shall conduct burning operations in an unguarded manner without a permit.
  2. All issued permits shall be valid from date issued until the following date of June 30th. (Resolution 2008-16)
  3. All outdoor burning is prohibited during windy conditions (ORS 478.960)
  4. All outdoor burning shall be extinguished by 11:00 AM, May 15th – Oct. 15th and at dusk during all other open periods.
  5. No waste matter shall be burned, under permit or otherwise, which shall, in burning, cause or create a dense smoke or offensive odor.  OREGON LAW PROHIBITS BURNING OF RUBBER PRODUCTS, TIRES, PLASTIC, WET GARBAGE, PETROLEUM AND PETROLEUM-TREATED MATERIALS, ASPHALT AND INDUSTRIAL WASTE. (478.960; DEQ Regulations)  The burning of many other common items including raw or untreated lumber, is prohibited in many locations and under a variety of circumstances.  It is the responsibility of the permit holder to assure that all burning complies with state and local regulations.
  6. The Fire Department may prohibit any and all open burning when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous. (ORS 478.960)

Open Burn Regulations

  1. Open burning within the city limits is restricted to two burn periods: April 1 – May 14 and October 16 – December 1.
  2. Piles shall be limited to 8 foot in diameter and 4 feet in height.
  3. All open fires shall be constantly attended by a competent person until each fire is extinguished.
  4. Attendant shall have fire extinguishing equipment readily available. (ORS 478.960)
  5. The following minimum clearances shall be maintained at all times:
    1. 50 feet from any structure if over 3 feet in diameter;
    2. 25 feet from any structure if under 3 feet in diameter;
    3. 5 feet from any property line.

Incinerator Regulations

  1. Incinerator/Burn Barrel use is PROHIBITED within the city limits
  2. The incinerator shall be of substantial non-combustible construction and shall be covered with a heavy-duty screen of not less than 14 gauge and having mesh not larger than ¼ inch openings.
  3. A responsible party shall be in attendance on the property at all times during incinerator operations.
  4. Fire extinguishing equipment shall be readily available. (ORS 478.960)
  5. The following minimum clearances shall be maintained at all times:
    1. 15 feet from any structure;
    2. 10 feet from all other combustibles;
    3. 5 feet from any property line.
  6. Incinerators and the equipment thereof, shall be maintained in good condition and repair at all times.
  7. No person shall so construct, erect, install, maintain or use any incinerator or barbecue pit, or so burn any combustible material as to constitute or occasion a fire hazard by the use or burning thereof as to endanger the life or property of any person thereby.

Commercial burning of any kind is PROHIBITED

Which includes but is not limited to:

  1. Any non-residential burning
  2. Churches
  3. Multi-Unit Residence
  4. Schools
  5. Commercial Businesses

Contact DEQ for Commercial Burning information
The Dalles DEQ Office
Located at Columbia Gorge Community College
400 E Scenic Drive, Building 2
The Dalles, OR 97058
Phone: 541-298-7255
Hours:  Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Failure to follow the burning regulations shall be grounds to revoke the burning permit and/or  assess any and all costs associated with such enforcement action(s). (ORS 478.965; Resolution 2008-16) For Excerpts from Resolution 2008-16 click here.

Burn Permit Application (outside city limits)

MCFR Burn Permit Application
  • I certify that I am OUTSIDE the City Limits and that I have read and agree to all above regulations.
  • Price: $5.00
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.