Backyard Burning

Backyard burning is allowed only at specific times. The following rules apply to backyard burning in Gresham.

Yard Debris

You must call the Gresham Burn Line at 503-618-3083 prior to burning to see if DEQ is allowing burning and if so, during what hours burning is allowed. 

  • Outdoor Burn PileThere are 10 allowable burn days in the spring and 10 in the fall. These days will fall on Wednesdays and Saturdays, if burning is deemed allowable by the DEQ for those days.
  • Burn piles must be no larger than six feet in diameter and three feet high.
  • Burn piles must be 25 feet from any combustible materials (houses, fences, etc.)
  • Burn piles must be attended at all times.
  • You must have a means to extinguish the fire if needed (energized garden hose, fire extinguisher, shovel, etc.)
  • Burn pile must contain only yard debris from your yard; no other material is allowed to be burned.
  • Burn piles must be extinguished if wind gusts reach 15 mph.
  • Backyard burn piles are for residential locations only; no burning is allowed at commercial properties.
  • It is against the law to conduct any open burning that unreasonably interferes with the enjoyment of life or property, creates a public nuisance or is a hazard to public safety.


Fire Pits

  • Fire PitFire pits are for recreational use only. 
  • Fire pits can accommodate fires no larger than three feet in diameter and two feet high.
  • Fire pits must be attended at all times.
  • You must have a means of extinguishing the fire if needed.
  • The fire must be 15 feet from flammable material (house, fence, etc.)
  • You may only burn hardwood or fireplace logs; no garbage, yard or construction debris, tires, etc. may be burned in a fire pit.
  • Fires must be extinguished if wind gusts reach 15 mph.
  • If the fire causes excessive smoke, and complaints are made by neighbors, the fire must be extinguished.


Barbecues at Apartment ComplexesBarbecue

  • Local fire code prohibits the use of charcoal or propane barbecues on apartment balconies or porches, unless the area is protected by a fire sprinkler system or all adjacent surfaces are non-combustible.
  • An exception to this requirement is electric- or hibachi-style barbecues that use one-pound propane cylinders. These are allowed when kept well away from combustible building surfaces and are unplugged, or the cylinder removed, when not in use.
  • Larger propane barbeques and those using briquettes may be used if they are on ground level, at least 10 feet away from combustible materials, are attended to by an adult at all times, are fully extinguished and cooled prior to moving back to their storage area, and the propane bottle is disconnected for storage.
  • Please check with your apartment manager to learn about rules specific to your building.