Today’s Burn Status
Updates are posted by 11 a.m. each day. Last update: May 25, 10:00 a.m.
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Multnomah County has a Wood Burning Curtailment Ordinance
Burning wood is one of the biggest sources of harmful air pollution in Multnomah County. Multnomah County may issue wood burning restrictions on poor air quality days.
En Español: Restricciones de Quema de Madera
How the Wood Burning Ordinance Works
Homeowners, renters and businesses in Multnomah County cannot burn wood when the air quality is forecasted to be poor. On poor air quality days, people may not use:
Outdoor fire pits
There are exceptions for those who must use wood to heat their homes, those with limited income, and during emergencies such as a power outage. Households with an exception should apply for an exemption each year.
Wood smoke restrictions are common in other communities around Oregon. The restrictions are designed to protect public health and keep our region in compliance with national air quality standards.
If You Must Burn Wood
Check air quality conditions and burn advisory status every time before you burn. Red means “stop.” Yellow means "limit".
If poor air quality is expected, Multnomah County will issue a burn restriction (red) day. Advisories and restrictions take effect by noon the same day. Watch for messages on this page, social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Nextdoor) and local news media.
Sign up to receive burn restriction alerts via email» or Text START to (503) 994-2876 for text message alerts.
You Can Still Use Your Grill
The ordinance does not apply to cooking food. Charcoal grills, smokers or wood fired ovens are ok.
Wood Smoke Complaints
Burning Yard Debris and Warm Weather Fires
Backyard burning is NEVER permitted inside the Burn Ban Boundary. The Burn Ban Boundary includes parts of Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington County. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regulates outdoor/open burning (see DEQ's definitions of burning). For the areas outside of the burn boundary, cities and local fire districts have their own restrictions on open burning.
Information on outdoor burn status outside of the burn ban area in Multnomah County:
503-695-2225 for Corbett Fire District 14
503-621-1242 for Sauvie Island District 30
General Information for Portland Fire and Rescue, 503-823-3710
You can check current air quality in your area at DEQ’s air quality map or download OregonAir app on your phone. You should also check with your local fire departments for fire bans during dry/windy weather.
More Information on the Wood Smoke Ordinance