Effective Friday September 4, 2020 both the Marion and Polk County Fire Defense Boards have established a burn ban declaration which remains in effect until further notice.
Weather conditions have been extremely hot and dry and are predicted to remain hot and dry 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 307.1.1, the 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. By way of illustration and not limitation, the following types of fires 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.
- Campfires, bonfires, and all fires in fire pits.
Pursuant to the Salem Revised Code and the Oregon Fire, 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.