Open Burning Season Closing JUNE 1

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Due to the seasonal weather patterns in the area, the open burning season for the City of Pendleton, Rieth Water District, Lower McKay, McKay Dam, and Riverside Fire Districts will be closed at dusk on Friday June 1, 2018.  Open burning will reopen October 1st weather permitting. 

Burn barrels within the fire districts are not included in the closure; however, they may only be used on “Green Days.”  Burn barrels are not allowed within the Pendleton city limits any time of the year by City Ordinance. 

Open burning is any burning outdoors including burn barrels, backyard burning, and piles of yard debris that is generated from that property.  Burning stumps, field burns, burning trash, commercial waste, demolition waste, construction debris, and bon-fires require special permits available from the Pendleton Fire Department at no charge. 

It is against the law to conduct any open burning that unreasonably interferes with enjoyment of life or property, creates a public or private nuisance, or is a hazard to public safety.

Before using a burn barrel outside of the City during the closed burning season residents must determine if it is a “Green Day”.  This can be determined by calling the County Burn Line at 541-278-6397 (During the open burning season use the City Burn Line at 541-966-0327).

For a complete list of burning regulations visit the Pendleton Fire Department at 911 SW Court Ave or visit our website at