Burn Ban Still in Effect

Updated August 17, 2017​

The City of Salem reminds residents that the Burn Ban is still in effect and will continue until at least August 22.  Weather conditions have been hot and dry and are predicted to remain so for the foreseeable future. Atmospheric conditions within the City of Salem are such that open burning and recreational fires pose a hazard to persons and property throughout the entire City of Salem area.

Pursuant to Salem Revised Code (SRC) 58.001 – 58.004 and the Oregon Fire Code 307.1.1the City of Salem is imposing a total ban on recreational fires and open burning, effective immediately and continuing until terminated by the Fire Code Official.

This includes, but is not limited to, the following types of fires which are prohibited within the entire City of Salem:

  • Any open burning taking place in an unenclosed space such as the burning of leaves and grass, burning construction debris, burn barrels, fires built on the ground, and bonfires. This also includes open-air candles.
  • Campfires, bonfires, and all fires in fire pits.

Pursuant to the Salem Revised Code and the Oregon Fire Code, cooking outdoors on approved grills is allowed during this total burning ban; however, all such fires must be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.

Contact us

Carl DeCarloDeputy ChiefFire Department
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