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Outdoor Burning

OPEN BURNING CLOSURE EACH YEAR DURING DECLARED FIRE SEASON

BURN PERMITS ARE REQUIRED

OPEN BURNING RULES AND REGULATIONS

The Jefferson County Fire District #1 under Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) regulates and enforces the open burning laws within the cities of Culver, Madras, Metolius and unincorporated areas of Jefferson County Fire District #1.

Open burning is defined as the burning of yard debris, paper and cardboard outside of a burning barrel. 

Open burning and burning in a burn barrel require a valid permit. Requiring a burn permit allows fire district personnel an opportunity each year to educate or remind our citizens on the hazards and liabilities of having fires on their property.

Permits may be obtained during regular business hours at the Jefferson County Fire main station in Madras or by appointment at the Culver fire stationWe can also provide the information and ultimately issue a burn permit over the phone with a valid credit card.

Permits are not required for small recreational fires at 1 and 2 family dwellings. See below for details on outdoor burning and recreational fires.

Click here for details on outdoor burning and recreational fires.

Questions and Answers

Q: What are the hours for Outdoor burning?
A: Burning is allowed during daylight hours only from approximately November through May of each year.

 

Q: Can I burn in my burn barrel?
A: Yes - Burning in barrels is allowed with an approved barrel and screen during daylight hours only. During the fire season, approximately June through October of each year, burn barrels are allowed from dawn until 10:00 a.m. only. Also, per Oregon law, a renter needs to have written permission from the landowner prior to a burn permit being valid for use.

 

Q: How long is my burning permit valid?
A: NEW JUNE 2014: The fire district was seeing a growing trend of the lack of knowledge in regards to legal and safe burning practices due to the old "lifetime" burn permits. Burn permits will now need to be renewed annually. We are hoping to bring awareness back to our citizens who choose to ignite fires on their properties. Each individual property having a separate address will need a burn permit.

 

Q: Do I need to call and let you know I am burning?
A: You must call 541-475-1789 to be updated on current restrictions. This is an automated message line.

 

Q: What am I prohibited from burning?
A: The following IS NOT allowed to be burned in Oregon:

Wet garbage, milk jugs, wire insulation, waste oil, rubber products, food service and any commercial or industrial waste.  If in doubt please contact the fire district. All of the products listed, if burned are a violation of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality(DEQ) law and a separate citation may be issued by Oregon DEQ.

 

Q: Is outdoor burning permitted on Sundays and Holidays?
A: When burning is not restricted, burning is allowed 7 days a week, including holidays. unless burning has been closed due to environmental conditions. During the summer months when Central Oregon is in Fire Season, burn barrels are generally allowed until 10:00 a.m.

 

PLEASE ALWAYS CALL THE BURN LINE PRIOR TO IGNITING A FIRE ON YOUR PROPERTY @ 541-475-1789