Wednesday, May 2, 2012

St. Helens Spring Burn Period Starts Saturday

Spring residential burn period for St. Helens starts this Saturday (May 5th) and runs through May 20th.


May 1, 2012


The spring burn period for residential open burning in the City of St. Helens will begin on the first Saturday in May, running from May 5-20.

Before burning anything in your yard, a burn permit must be obtained through Columbia River Fire & Rescue (CRF&R). Residential burn permits are now available through CRF&R’s website. If you apply for a permit online and provide your email address, an automated renewal notice will be sent to you via email when your permit is about to expire. Burn permits can also be obtained at CRF&R’s Administration Office or at City Hall.

Burn bans may still be in effect even if you have obtained a burn permit. Always check the burn line at 503-397-4800 to find out if it is an open burn day.

Burn permits last for one year from the date of issue.  However, there are only two authorized burn periods within St. Helens city limits, on the first Saturday in May for 16 consecutive days and the third Saturday in October for 16 consecutive days.

Burning grass clippings, plastics, household garbage, petroleum products and rubber products is not allowed. Burning may only be conducted during daylight hours.

For further information regarding the spring burn period, please see the St. Helens Municipal Code Chapter 8.36 online at or contact the Columbia River Fire and Rescue’s Administration Office, at 503-397-2990.