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Regulation of Burning in Oregon

alertBurning the following materials is illegal anytime, anywhere in Oregon
  • Asbestos
  • Asphalt
  • Auto parts (including frames)
  • Dead animals
  • Plastic and rubber products
  • Tires
  • Waste oil, petroleum materials
  • Wet garbage and food waste
  • Material creating dense smoke or noxious odors.

DEQ regulates many types of burning in Oregon including commercial, construction, demolition, domestic, and industrial. Other types of burning, such as forestry and agricultural field burning, are regulated by other state agencies or local governments. DEQ coordinates and provides oversight with these other burn programs. However, smoke complaints should be directed to the agency or government which regulates burning.

Forest Fires and Forestry Burning

Agricultural Field Burning

Burning resources for local governments

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For more information about Air Quality call 503-229-5696

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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Headquarters: 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon 1-800-452-4011
Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900  FAX: 503-229-6124

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the State of Oregon and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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