New Rules Take Effect November 6, 2015
Residential open burning of yard debris will no longer be allowed if you live in unincorporated Washington County and are eligible for yard debris pick-up from your waste hauler.
- This new rule does not apply to recreational fires like camp fires, fire pits or chimineas.
- This new rule does not apply to agricultural burning.
Special hardship permits may be available during certain times of the year. Download the application. Depending on your Internet browser, you may need to save the PDF to your computer before filling it out.
Does this new rule apply to me?
- Open burning of yard debris is currently prohibited in areas of the county that are shaded red on the map below.
- Open burning of yard debris will no longer be allowed beginning November 6, 2015 in areas of the county that are shaded blue on the map below (in addition to the red).
If you live in an area of the county that is not shaded, check with your local fire department or the Department of Environmental Quality for more information about open burning rules in your area.
The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Department of Environmental Quality also issue daily open burning announcements for the Willamette Valley.
- Recycle paper and cardboard in your curbside recycling container or taking it to a drop-off recycling center
- Dispose of waste at a garbage facility
- Compost yard debris and kitchen scraps at home
- Reuse old lumber or donating it to a drop-off reuse center
- Use a wood chipper to make chips for mulch and compost
- Work with neighbors to organize a neighborhood cleanup day
- Take hazardous materials to a household hazardous waste facility