As part of the city of Astoria Spring Clean-up weekend, the Astoria Fire Department will allow open burning within the city limits from dawn Saturday through dusk Sunday.

However, residents cannot bring materials from an office or work site to burn at home, said Leslie Kochan, a natural resource specialist with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. In addition, residents cannot burn their neighbors' trash on their property.

Once solid waste is moved from one property to another it becomes commercial waste, which residents need a department-issued permit to burn. These permits are usually only given for emergencies, Kochan said.

Burn piles of household-generated waste may be no more than four feet tall, and must be 50 feet away from any combustible material.

Those burning must have a water source available, such as a garden hose. Burning material must be constantly attended.

The following items may not be burned:

• Rubber products

• Tires

• Plastics

• Wet garbage

• Petroleum and petroleum-treated materials

• Asphalt or industrial waste

• Any material that creates dense smoke or noxious odors

The fire chief is authorized to require that an open burn be immediately discontinued if smoke emissions are offensive to occupants of surrounding property, or if the open burn is hazardous.


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