Yard Debris Burning
If you live in the City of Yachats – YARD DEBRIS BURNING IS NOT ALLOWED.
Per City of Yachats code 5.12.020 fire contained in a fireplace, chimina, or other similar structure or equipment (but not a burn barrel specifically designed for outdoor ceremonial or cooking purposes AND permitted by YRFPD.
If you live elsewhere in the district – Yard debris burning is allowed starting in the fall (weather permitting} through end of May with permit.
Permits are issued at no cost and need to be renewed annually by the permit holder. An existing permit may be renewed by telephone. All new permits will require an inspection.
Yard debris permits are issued based on weather starting in the fall through the end of May.
YRFPD encourages you to find alternative methods to dispose of your yard debris and paper products through recycling.
YRFPD would also like to advise you that burn barrels are a very inefficient method of burning. Large amounts of carbon monoxide are released in burn barrel burning. If you feel you must use a barrel, it MUST have adequate ventilation in the bottom 1/3 of the barrel. Further it must be emptied often, and its debris properly disposed of. If you have any questions, call YRFPD at 541-547-3266.
IF YOU MUST OPEN BURN, do so in a way that promotes efficient burning.
- Burn only DRY materials (cover piles (pile size is 3 -4 wheelbarrow full) until ready to burn).Loosely stack or windrow material to promote adequate air supply to the pile.Remove noncombustible materials such as dirt or rocks from your pile.Constantly attend and have a water source (hose preferred) and a rake/shovel/pitchfork to feed the pile.Burning of yard debris is expected to be finished for each day one hour before dark.
- Please call YRFPD each day before burning yard debris or using a burn barrel.
YOU CANNOT BURN THE FOLLOWING ANYWHERE IN OREGON FOR ANY REASON:
•PETROLEUM AND PETROLEUM TREATED MATERIALS (NO GAS OR DIESEL TO START YOUR FIRE)
•ANY OTHER MATERIAL THAT PRODUCES DENSE SMOKE OR NOXIOUS ODORS.
BURNING OF THESE ITEMS MUST BE REPORTED TO DEQ.
Remember 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; and/or is a hazard to public safety.
To recap: What you can burn within YRFPD boundaries, unless you are in the City of Yachats, includes the following and ONLY THE FOLLOWING: Material from trees or shrubs that have grown on the property, unpainted dimensional lumber, paper, and cardboard.
Once yard debris is removed from the property on which it was generated it is classified as commercial waste and CANNOT BE BURNED ANYWHERE IN LINCOLN COUNTY.
NOTICE: Dumping yard debris in the forest is illegal and you can be fined! Species that are noxious weeds negatively affect our conifers.
Last but most important!
Failure to comply with burning regulations may result in revocation of your permit.
Fire suppression expense for extinguishing an illegal burn may be billed to the responsible party.
YRFPD is required to report burning violations to DEQ and other authorities as appropriate.