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Backyard Burning

  • East Multnomah County burn line: 503-618-3083
  • Always call the burn line before burning
  • Gresham Fire and the 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
  • Violation of burning and air quality regulations may be subject to citation or fines from the Gresham Fire and DEQ
  • Property owners may be held liable for firefighting costs or damage to neighboring property or structures because of unsafe burning practices
  • To report illegal or unsafe burning, call 503-823-3333

Backyard Burning Alternatives

  • 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
  • The City’s yard debris collection program offers weekly pickup of leaves and branches four inches or less in diameter