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Outdoor Burn Information

BURN LINE:  (503)755-0121

CALL FOR INSPECTION: (503)755-2710

 Please contact the Mist-Birkenfeld RFPD if you have any questions. (503)755-2710



· Burning is confined to daylight hours on burn days.  Each day you want to burn, contact the fire station to make sure it is a burn day.  Written permits are not issued.


· If you want to burn in a barrel or an approved container with a screen, call the fire district Burn Line to see if it is a burn day.  If barrel or container has not been inspected in the past year, call to set up an inspection.  Listen to the phone recording.  It is recommended that all paper or cardboard materials should be burned in a barrel or approved container covered with a screen to prevent burning material from escaping.


· If you want to burn in a pile, you need to have it inspected by a fire district appointed Fire Official.  If the burn pile has already been inspected, call the fire station and check to see if it is a burn day and leave your name and address in a message.  It is recommended that all paper and cardboard materials should be burned in an approved container covered by a screen to prevent burning material from escaping.


· Fires must be attended at all times!


· A minimum of at least 10 feet clearance from all combustible materials must be maintained around burn site.


· A garden hose or shovel and a 5 gallon bucket of water must be at the burn location.


· Twenty feet (20 feet) minimum clearance between structures, trees or vehicles and the burn barrel.  Fifty feet (50 feet) clearance is necessary when using a burn pile.


· DO NOT BURN PROHIBITED MATERIALS such as tires or noxious materials.


· Do not burn on windy days.


· Burning is only allowed during daylight hours (sunrise to sunset).


· Someone must be in attendance at all times during burning.


PLEASE REMEMBER:  It is your responsibility to burn safely and responsibly.  If you have any questions or would like more information regarding open burning, please feel free to contact the Mist-Birkenfeld RFPD at (503)755-2710




DEQ regulations prohibit open burning of the following materials at any time or anywhere in Oregon:


· Wet Garbage

· Plastic

· Asbestos

· Wire insulation

· Automobile Parts

· Asphalt

· Petroleum treated material

· Painted wood and wood treated with creosote or pentachlorophenol

· Rubber products including tires

· Animal remains

· Animal or vegetable matter resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking or service of food

· Any other material that emits dense smoke or noxious odors


FOR INCINERATOR BURNING: Contact the fire district for regulations concerning your yearly inspection: (503)755-2710


Mist-Birkenfeld RFPD no longer carries burn barrels or screens for sale.

Recreational Fires

1.  All open burning activities, including campfires, require inspection and permits issued by the Fire District.


2.  Build fire pits away from overhanging branches, steep slopes and rotten stumps or other combustible material.


3.  Clear area in a 5 foot radius around fire pit of all combustible material (bare dirt or sand).


4.  Keep adequate water immediately available for control of extinguishment of the fire.


5.  Keep fire small.  Flame lengths should never exceed 18” for any recreational fire.


6.  Place wood carefully on the fire to avoid producing sparks that may carry fire outside the protected area.


7.  NEVER leave a fire unattended.


8.  Make sure your matches are OUT!  A safe option is to place used matches in the fire to be consumed.


9.  When leaving, put the fire DEAD out.  Drown it with water, stir it, check the rocks or bricks for embers between or under them and then drown it again.  Make sure all materials are cool enough to touch with your bare hands.

Note: most wild-fires started by campfires are ignited by embers left for “out”.Make double sure!


10.  If the wind comes up, put the fire out!  Even moderate winds can carry burning embers long distances outside the protected area.


11. During fire season, call your local fire department every time you use the fire pit.  This will avoid the embarrassment of having the fire department responding to your location on a reported “wild-fire” or “illegal burn”.

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