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Backyard Burning

HFD Burn Line
(503) 622-3463
Citizen concerns regarding fires:
  • Call 9-1-1 to report a threatening hostile fire
  • Call DEQ at (503) 229-5393 or (888) 997-7888 to report smoke complaints 
Know Before you Burn: 

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


May contain: person, human, truck, transportation, and vehicle
Fires must be at least 10 feet away from structures and property lines.

The following materials are prohibited from being burned:

  • Uncut grass, brush, or vegetation
  • 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.

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

May contain: human, person, flame, bonfire, fire, vegetation, plant, and outdoors
Backyard burns are yard debris disposal fires of cut wood, trees, shrubs, or plants.

Burn piles 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 under 5ft. x 5ft. x 5ft. do not require a permit or an inspection.  

Large piles over 5ft. x 5ft. x 5ft: Burn piles larger than 5ft. x 5ft. x 5ft. require an on site inspection to receive a burn permit.  To request an on site inspection, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page. 

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 available during the burn. Remember burn piles must be 10 feet away from structures and property lines.

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

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