City of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties Extend Outdoor Burn Ban

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Marion and Polk Counties Fire Defense Board has extended the area ban on backyard burning and land clearing or slash burning, due to continued above-average temperatures.

However, recent rainfall has reduced dry conditions in our communities, so some restrictions are being relaxed.

What is allowed?

  • BBQ or outside cooking fires in an approved device, fire ring or fireplace
  • Warming and recreation fires in an approved fire ring or fireplace. 

As a reminder, burning garbage is never allowed.   

Please check with the Department of Agriculture and your local fire agency before agricultural burning.

Those living in rural areas are urged to maintain their defensible space by monitoring growth surrounding homes and structures, and to maintain adequate access for firefighting equipment entrance and escape. 

Due to COVID-19, a request to voluntarily curtail outdoor burning is also in effect.

For more information

For the most current burning information, in Salem, Keizer and Marion County Fire District #1, call 503-588-6524.  For those in all other areas of Marion County, call 877-982-0011

The City of Salem will distribute any updates through local media, its website, and social media channels.

For more wildfire prevention information and restrictions, visit Keep Oregon Green at the Oregon Department of Forestry.


On September 4, 2020, both the Marion and Polk County Fire Defense Boards issued a total burn ban for all areas of both counties.  At the time, weather conditions were extremely hot and dry.  Open burning and recreational fires posed a hazard to persons and property throughout the entire City of Salem area.


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