A permit is required to burn anywhere in the City of Maupin, and all permits must be issued in person at Maupin’s City Hall. There is no cost for Open Brush or Burn Barrel permits. Residents must follow all the burning rules or risk having their burn permit revoked. View the Burn Permit Rules here.
Burn advisories let you know when burning needs to stop to protect the health of the community. Watch the City of Main website for notices and follow the color-coded Air Quality Index on oraqi.deq.state.or.us or airnow.gov to know when it is safe to burn.
Outdoor Burning, Air Quality, and Your Health
Air pollution damages our health, our environment, and it contributes to poor visibility in South Wasco County. One source of air pollution is smoke from outdoor burning, which includes burn piles and burn barrels.
Smoke from outdoor burning contains harmful toxins that can damage and change the structure of lung tissue and go directly into our bloodstream. Exposure to these pollutants can lead to serious respiratory problems, asthma attacks, heart problems, and even premature death.
People at higher risk of experiencing harmful health effects from smoke exposure include children, older adults, pregnant women, people with pre-existing heart and lung diseases, and individuals living in areas of lower socioeconomic status.
Good Burning Practices
When you must burn, use good burning practices to promote efficient burning and prevent excessive smoke:
- Make sure that all combustible material is dried to the extent possible. This means that piles should be covered when practical to protect it from moisture.
- Ensure an adequate air supply to burning pile by loosely stacking material and eliminating dirt, rocks or other noncombustible items.
- Burning piles need to be monitored and periodically restacked or fed with combustible materials to make sure that the pile is burning efficiently.
It is harmful and illegal to burn the following materials:
- Rubber and plastic products
- Wet garbage and food waste
- Petroleum and petroleum-treated materials
- Asphalt or industry waste
- Automobile parts
- Dead animals
- Any material creating dense smoke or noxious odors
- Household chemicals
- Copper wire
- Construction or demolition debris
- Metal products
Did you know? It is illegal to burn cardboard and paper in an open burn pile.
Alternatives to Burning Household Waste & Yard Debris
Creating a composting system for your household food scraps and yard debris is an easy way to reduce waste and produce beneficial soil for your garden and plants.
Visit oregonmetro.gov/compost to learn more about properly composting at home.
Hauling Yard Debris
Combine your next trip to town with a stop at the local transfer station that can properly dispose of your yard debris. You can also drop it off at Maupin’s Recycle Depot.
Accepts yard debris, trees and land clearing, wood pallets and lumber (not painted or pressure treated), food waste
Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling
Hazardous waste and recycling services
The Dalles Disposal Transfer Station
Residential and commercial waste removal and management services
Wasco County Landfill
Solid waste collection, transfer, and recycling services