Open Burning & Burn Permits

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Open Burning

“Open Burning” is any burning outdoors and includes burn barrels, bon fires, piles of yard debris, burning stumps, field burns, commercial construction, and demolition debris.  Open burning is regulated by Pendleton Fire & Ambulance.

The open burning rules apply to the City of Pendleton and the fire districts protected by Pendleton Fire & Ambulance which include the Rieth Water District, McKay Dam Fire District, Lower McKay Creek Fire District, and the Riverside Fire District.

Domestic Waste

Domestic waste includes yard debris such as leaves, limbs, brush or other natural material actually generated around a dwelling of four or fewer family living units. The combustible waste must be burned on the property on which it was generated. Household garbage, plastic, diapers, rubber products, and recyclable materials are not allowed to be burned.

BURN PERMITS NOT REQUIRED FOR DOMESTIC WASTE

Commercial, Construction, or Demolition Waste

Any combustible waste that is not generated on residential property (four-plex or less) or is transported to another site is considered commercial waste and requires a permit from Pendleton Fire & Ambulance and Oregon DEQ (541-278-4626).

Construction and demolition waste also requires a permit from Pendleton Fire & Ambulance and Oregon DEQ (541-278-4626).

Special Events

Fires for special events are allowed on a case-by-case basis.  This includes bon fires and fires after dark.  Contact the Pendleton Fire Marshal at pendletonfire@ci.pendleton.or.us or call 541-276-1442 for more information.

Burn Barrels

Burn barrels are prohibited inside the city limits of Pendleton.  Burn barrels are allowed in the fire districts and can be used year-round but can only be used on “Green Days”.  When the Pendleton burn season is closed please refer to the Umatilla County’s burn line for burn day status at 541-278-6397 or visit their web site at http://www.co.umatilla.or.us/jail/burnday.html

Burn Days

Seasonal open burning is allowed on “Green Days” during the period October 1 through June 14, weather permitting. Open burning, excluding burn barrels in the Fire Districts, is prohibited from June 15 through September 30.

It is against the law to construct any open burning that:

  • Unreasonably interferes with enjoyment of life or property.
  • Creates a public nuisance.
  • Is a hazard to public safety.

To determine if today is a “Green Day” call 541-966-0327 after 8:30 each morning or click here for the air quality forecast. 

Burning Safety Rules

  • Burn piles are limited to three feet (3’) in diameter and must be 25’ from structures, shrubs, dry grass, etc.
  • Fire must be constantly attended by a responsible person 16 years old or older.
  • Must have water available to the fire at all times.  Typically a garden hose attached to a water supply that will reach the burn pile.
  • All fires must be DEAD OUT by dark.

Prohibited Materials

DEQ regulations prohibit open burning of the following materials at anytime, anywhere in Oregon.

  • Rubber Products
  • Plastic
  • Wet Garbage
  • Petroleum and Petroleum Treated Products
  • Industrial Waste
  • Tires
  • Wire Insulation
  • Automotive Parts
  • Animal Remains
  • Wet Yard Debris
  • ANY materials which emit dense black smoke or noxious odors.

Regardless of the circumstances you are responsible for your fire and any damage caused by your fire.  Please be courteous to your neighbors and respect their rights and be aware of your smoke.

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