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715 NW Dimmick Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Phone: (541) 474-5325
Fax: (541) 474-5353
Contact: Justin Fimbres, Environmental Health Specialist
Hours: 9:00AM - 4:30PM Mon-Thursday, Closed 12-12:30 for lunch, Closed on Fridays
Air Quality

Open/Barrel Burning

What is Open Burning?

Open burning is any burning that is done outdoors. It includes burning piles of yard debris such as leaves and prunings, burning stumps to clear land. It also includes burning in outdoor fireplaces, backyard incinerators or a fire in a “burn barrel.” Open burning does not include burning of household trash.

Outdoor burning is regulated by such factors as the ventilation index and fire danger.

Residential open burning is allowed within the Rogue Basin Open Burn Control area typically in the winter months when the Oregon Department of Forestry declares the end of fire season. Josephine County provides an air quality phone service advisory for open burning within the county. Burning advisories are based on weather predictions for each day and are updated at 6:00 a.m.  For more information on open and barrel burning, please click here. 

Wood Stove & Burn Day Advisory

The Wood Burning Advisory is enacted to ensure clean air for Josephine County residents. Click here for more woodstove/fireplace burning information.

5/8/12 is a burn day for the Rogue Basin Open Burning Control Area (RBOBCA).  It is also a green day, meaning all woodstoves and fireplaces may burn.

Today is a yellow day
Today is a green day

Call 476-WOOD Before You Burn

Posted 4/30/2010:  State of Oregon Air Quality Report

Posted 5/2/2010:  DEQ Air Quality Report for Oregon, includes Josephine County


NEW: Posted 9/17/2010. Guidelines for managing smoke when burning slash piles.
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