Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Central Oregon District Burn Information

Open burning within ODF's Central Oregon District may require a permit.  Please contact your local ODF Office if you are uncertain whether a permit is required.  Sometimes a permit from your local fire department is needed, rather than from the Department of Forestry.  Typically burning small yard debris piles within a local fire department's jurisdiction will be directed by the fire department.  All burning of logging slash requires a permit from ODF.  Please follow all directions from the burn permit or burn line.

  • Open burning (other than logging slash) within the John Day Unit (outside fire department jurisdiction) does not require a permit from ODF.
  • Burning of machine piled slash piles within the John Day Unit are not allowed after March 31st.
  • All open burning within the John Day Unit will be prohibited after June 1st.  
  • Open pile burning within Wasco and Hood River counties will be closed after May 15th.  All burning including burn barrels is prohibited after July 1st.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Burn Ban In Effect for Hood River and Wasco Counties


Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 12:01am, the Oregon Department of Forestry, The Dalles Unit will enter the annual Burn Ban.  This means no open burning is permitted in Hood River and Wasco counties, including burn barrels and debris piles.   All existing permits will be void until the burn ban is lifted.  Some permits for agricultural burning may still be obtained through ODF or your local fire agency.  The ban is a coordinated effort between State, City and Rural Fire Districts, who will monitor and enforce illegal activity.  If you see illegal burning or a fire please report it as soon as possible.

Also, if you did conduct debris burning this spring, please check your burn areas to ensure that the area is cold.  Debris burns that are several months old can rekindle and escape as a result of holdover heat that may not be visible, which can subsequently cause wildfires during the hot summer months.  Please assist local fire districts in these prevention measures.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Current Open Burning Restrictions in the Central Oregon District

As of 12:01 a.m. on June 1, 2018 open burning, including burn barrels is prohibited on lands protected by the Central Oregon District within the John Day and Prineville Units.  This includes lands in Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lake, Grant, Wheeler, Gillliam, Morrow, Umatilla, and Harney counties.

Burning in barrels with a valid permit is allowed in The Dalles Unit which includes portions of Wasco and Hood River counties. Debris pile burning is prohibited.  Effective July 1, 2018 all burning, including burn barrels will be prohibited.