Back Yard Burning Information 

Rules and Regulations

To report a threatening fire, call 9-1-1.   

HFD burn information line:  (503) 622-3463  Always call the Fire District’s burn information line before you burn. Open burning violations can result in penalties of up to $10,000 per day.  D.E.Q. has the authority under state law to prohibit open burning anywhere in the state on a day to day basis.  The Fire Chief or HFD authorized personnel may revoke or suspend any permit whenever, in their judgment, any violation warrants such action.

WARNING: GASOLINE AND OTHER FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS ARE VERY VOLATILE AND DANGEROUS.  DO NOT USE FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS TO START YOUR FIRE.

Burning of UNCUT grass brush or vegetation is prohibited.

Fires must be at least 10' from structures and property lines.

The following materials are prohibited from being burned:

  • Rubber products
  • Tires;
  • Plastics
  • Paint
  • Tar
  • Asphalt
  • Shingles
  • Household garbage
  • Petroleum & petroleum-treated materials
  • Industrial waste
  • Any material that creates dense smoke or noxious odors.
Backyard burns are yard debris disposal fires of cut wood, trees, shrubs or plants.

Burn piles must 5ft. X 5ft. X 5ft or smaller.  Yard debris disposal fires (i.e. wood, needle or leaf material from trees, shrubs or plants)  can be 5ft. X 5ft. X 5ft or smaller.   Materials should be dry and not produce dense smoke or noxious odors.  Burn piles larger than 5ft. x 5ft. x 5ft. require an on site inspection to recieve a burn permit.  To schedule an on site inspection, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.  

Back yard burn piles will be constantly attended by a competent person, until the material is completely burned out or extinguished.

Adequate provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading,  These may include a fire line around the burn area, and having such items as a charged hose line or shovels or other fire tools  while the during the burn.   

Burn piles must be 10' from structures and property lines.

To report a smoke complaints, call DEQ at (503) 229-5393 or (888)-997-7888.

To request an on on-site inspection for a burn pile/piles larger than 5'x 5'x 5' please fill out the following information: