Burn Guidelines


The goal of the Alfalfa Fire Districts burn policy is to support the need of the community to do outdoor open burning and to assist everyone in safe burning.


Types of outdoor burning:

  • Recreational (campfires)- Allowed

  • Burn Barrels- Allowed

  • Debris pile- Closed for Fire season

  • Field/ditch burning- closed for fire season.

  • Agricultural burning- farms/ranches burning cereal grain residue or grass seed. For this type of burn you need to contact the Oregon Department of Agriculture for a permit. closed for fire season


Guidelines for outdoor burning:

  • Prior to burning please check the AFD website to see if and what type of burning is allowed based on fire danger and air quality.

  • Outdoor debris pile burning is NOT allowed during fire season – usually June to mid October.

  • Recreational fires such as campfires are allowed during fire season. The exception is when fire danger is extreme and ALL open burning is prohibited.

  • You are always responsible for your fire.

  • The Fire Chief or Firefighters have the authority to stop any burn that they deem a fire hazard.

  • Please see our ” Burn recommendations” page for tips on burning.

  • Your burn must not be a nuisance to your neighbors.

  • If you plan a large burn please contact the Fire Chief by phone (541 280 7362) or by email –  rthompson@afdist.org so that we are aware of the burn and we can possibly schedule a fire engine to standby.


The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) NEVER allows the following materials to be burned:

plastic, tires, garbage, tires, dead animals, petroleum products, industrial waste

Please go to the DEQ website for more information:


DEQ fact sheet:




 Helpful Phone Numbers:

Ron Thompson, AFD Fire Chief     541-280-7362
DEQ – Bend office                               541-388-6146


Do not hesitate to call 911 if your burn gets out of control