Open burning includes all types of outdoor burning. A fire in a burn barrel and burning piles of yard debris are both examples of open burning.
As a Jackson County resident please remember that smoke from open burning can adversely affect the health of your family, your neighbors and your community. Because of this, state law says that burning cannot:
Unreasonably interfere with the enjoyment of life or property
Create a public or private nuisance
Create a hazard to public safety
Many residents of the Rogue Valley burn in barrels to dispose of household waste. Although burn barrels do provide an element of fire safety compared to uncontained burns, there are other important considerations: Most food packaging and household waste contains plastics that produce harmful toxic emissions when burned. Many of these chemicals are proven or suspected carcinogens. For example:
Plastic food wrap: made from synthetic polymers
such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
Food containers such as yogurt and butter: made
from polystyrene and Mylar
Due to harmful, toxic smoke the burning of plastics and any other household garbage is prohibited in Oregon.
Call the open and barrel burn advisory every day before burning.
The Burn Advisory Hotline can be reached at 776-7007. The advisory will report whether or not it is a burn day based on forecasted weather and fire hazard conditions.
Never burn prohibited materials.
Burning of any wet garbage, plastic, wire insulation, automobile parts, asphalt, petroleum products, petroleum treated materials, rubber products, animal remains, or animal or vegetable matter resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking, or service of food or of any other material which normally emits dense smoke or noxious odors is prohibited throughout Jackson County.
Alternatives to Open Burning
As a Jackson County resident there are many alternatives to burning available to you. We encourage you to consider them.
Hilton Fuel – Located in Central Point, they will
accept clean wood waste at no charge. Call 664-
3374 for more information or visit
Biomass One – Located on Avenue G in White City, Biomass has a variety of wood waste recycling programs from home pick-up to a drop-off center. Call 826-9422 for more information or visit www.biomassone.com
Rogue Disposal – Call 779-4161 for more information about their yard debris, leaf recycling and composting programs. Visit www.roguedisposal.com
Ashland Sanitary and Recycling – In addition to complete garbage and recycling service, they also have yard debris chipping and leaf disposal services. Call 482-1741 for more information or visit their website at www.ashlandsanitary.com
Jackson County Leaf Exchange Program – Connects people who are trying to get rid of leaves with people who want leaves. Call 774- 8207 to be put on the recipient donor list or to be connected with someone to exchange leaves.