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A Multnomah County burn ban has been issued effective August 17 until further notice. The ban includes campfires, fire pits, yard debris, agricultural burning, and open burning.
Read the press release.
Always call the burn line before burning.
The City and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) govern all outdoor burning.
There are 10 allowable backyard burn days in the spring and 10 in the fall, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, if DEQ deems burning is allowed for those days.
DEQ open backyard burning information
Burning is not allowed:
Always call the Gresham Burn Line at 503-618-3083 before burning to confirm DEQ is allowing burning.
Please note: this application can only be picked up directly from the Fire Department
A permit may only be obtained if:
Permits are good for five years from the date of issuance if these conditions are consistently and strictly followed:
If you don't meet these requirements, you can burn during backyard burn days or apply for an
open burning permit.
Open burn application
A permit is required to conduct an open burn for any type of land clearing or major lot natural debris disposal.
A site plan must be submitted seven days before the planned burn.
Backyard burning is only recommended for those without the ability to dispose of yard debris in another way.
While backyard burning is allowed on certain days, it negatively impacts air quality and can be harmful to sensitive populations, including children, the elderly and people with asthma.
yard debris collection program offers weekly pickup of leaves and branches four inches or less in diameter. Read more about the City's recycling resources for information on yard debris.