Fire Department: Open Burning Information
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Open burning in the cities of Forest Grove and Cornelius as well as the Forest Grove and Cornelius Rural Fire Protection Districts falls into these categories:
- Backyard burning. This is for removing yard debris from your property.
- Agricultural burning. This is for removing debris from a for profit farming, nursery, or tree farm operation.
- Recreational and ceremonial fires. This is for campfires, cooking fires outdoors, and bonfires.
Burn seasons in our area can vary depending on the type of burning that you are doing. Backyard burning is allowed from March 1 to June 15, and from October 1 to December 15 but is open and closed daily by the Department of Environmental Quality based on the air quality conditions of the day. Agricultural burning is allowed all year, except for during the summer months when fire danger requires a county wide burn ban to be in place. Recreational and ceremonial fires are also open year around, with the exception of times, usually in the very late summer, when due to extreme fire danger they can be prohibited.
Before you burn you must follow these safety steps:
- Locate your burn at least 25 feet away from property lines, structures, fences, and brushy areas and clear a bare dirt fire break around your entire burn pile that is the same width as the height of your burn pile.
- Have firefighting tools like a shovel, rake, or fork, as well as a garden hose ready and with you at all times. You must attend your burn pile at all times.
- Only burn appropriate materials, and never use gasoline or other flammable liquids to start your burn pile. The DEQ has general guidelines for open buring that can be found by clicking here.
- Put the burn out when you are done and soak the entire area with water, stirring the ash into a wet mud until it is out cold.
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If a burning situation is out of control, call 9-1-1 immediately. Forest Grove Fire & Rescue and the Cornelius Fire Department do not respond to calls for smoke nuisance complaints, please direct these concerns to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. To report a smoke complaint click here.