Burning of residential debris piles will open Wednesday, October 21st. Residential debris piles must be attended by a responsible person with adequate fire suppression equipment. Residents are reminded not to burn on windy days. All burning within the City of Prineville and Crook County must follow the Crook County Outdoor Burning Regulations.
There have been some significant changes to the Crook County Outdoor Burning Regulations. Changes in the burn regulations are a result of the 2015 Air Quality Plan that has been adopted by the City of Prineville and Crook County. The plan is in response to air quality issues brought forth by the EPA and DEQ, which state that Prineville is out of compliance with the annual air quality standard, and has been for the past few years. If the city continues down this path, without making any changes, it could be designated a Non-attainment area by the EPA and DEQ, drastically limiting economic opportunities for existing and new businesses.
The goal of these changes, is not to limit burning, but match residential outdoor burning with days that will have a minimal impact on Prineville’s air quality.
Residential debris piles and burn barrels will be allowed from 9:00 until sunset on designated “burn” days only. Operators will need to have a copy of the Crook County Outdoor Burning Regulations, and are required to check the daily “burn/no burn” designation either at www.crookcountyfireandrescue.com or at 541-447-BURN. Within the City of Prineville, Burn Ordinance 1139 requires purchasing a burn permit at Prineville City Hall. Please be advised that burning household garbage is unlawful in Oregon.
Also unlawful are any commercial, construction, or demolition burning within three miles of Prineville. This is regulated by the Department of Environmental Quality (OAR 340-264-0100). Property owners bordering State and Federal lands need to verify fire restrictions relevant to those areas. Thank you for supporting efforts to keep outdoor burning safe.