Open Burning Learn Before You Burn

For Immediate Release Contact: Ashley Lara 541-274-9307
Date: October 30, 2015

District 3 Open Burning: Learn Before You Burn

Jackson County Fire District 3 urges residents to understand what and where they can legally burn materials outdoors. Open burning and other regulated use restrictions have been lifted since fire season ended, however, there are still steps that need to be taken to insure a safe and successful open burn.

Starting on October 28, residents must obtain a recreational/residential burning permit from Jackson County Fire District 3 before starting open burn activities. The permit can be obtained online at or in person at 8383 Agate Rd, White City.

ResidentialBurning Permit

The burn permit is free to the public and is good until March 1st 2016. Permits that are issued through the website are available seven days a week, available immediately, and are effective immediately. Permit must be present upon request at burn site.

Before burning, it is required that all residents call the Jackson County burn line at (541) 776-7007 to verify that it is a burn day. For woodstove usage, call (541) 776-9000. The residential burn permit is not valid for: blight burns, field burns and special burns (bonfires, luau fires, etc.). These require a special burn permit, inspection and approval.
A recreational fire is considered an outdoor fire in a fire pit, barbeque pit, using charcoal or firewood for fuel and covering an area of no more than 3’D x 2’H, used for pleasure, religious purposes, ceremonies, cooking or warming. Outdoor fireplaces and barbeque grills are allowed at one and two family dwellings. Recreation burns must be kept small and away from other combustible materials.

Open burn piles cannot exceed 3’ in diameter and 2’ in height. Also, they must be 25’ from any structure. In addition, residents must have water and a shovel/rake present at burning site, the burn must be under constant supervision and have immediate access to a phone, fires must be extinguished if conditions develop that cause the fire to spread (wind, flying embers, etc.). Lastly, the permit does not relieve the person conducting the burn from criminal and civil liability for damages caused from burning.
Jackson County ordinance 89-12 requires residents to burn on designated burn days, when the ventilation index is above 400. Burning can only be done during the daylight hours and must be extinguished before dark. Burning can never be done during declared fire season and in the Air Quality Maintenance Area (no burning from Nov 15-Feb 28). To determine if your residence is in the AQMA, visit

Items such as yard debris, leaves, brush, charcoal, firewood, construction debris and demolition debris are acceptable items to burn. However, wet garbage, asphalt, asbestos, wire, insulation, petroleum treated materials, plastic and rubber production, animal remains, painted wood, automobile parts, creosote and pentachlorophenol treated products and any other material that emits dense smoke and noxious odors are not acceptable to burn.

The recreation and residential burn permit informs fire officials where burning activities are happening, reducing the number of false calls to fires and saving firefighting resources. It also allows fire managers to respond faster to fires that escape, potentially reducing the liability of the resident if the fire escapes.
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to visit our website at: or call at (541) 826-7100.