Burn Permits

Burn permits are required for all outdoor fires including recreational fires.

Burn Bans & Restrictions

Due to an increase in fire risk in Tillamook County the Tillamook County Fire Chiefs and ODF will be entering an open burn restriction effective at 01:00 on July 4th, 2024.

The restriction will include open pile debris burning and burn barrels.

Recreational Fires at locations with a burn permit still allowed.

Currently campfires on the beach are also allowed as long as they are at least 50 feet from the vegetation line.

Fire danger indicator: Low Risk.

Recreational Fire Specifications

The Nehalem Bay Fire & Rescue will allow recreational fires during a Burn Ban as long as the following conditions are met and the burn take place on private property.

Note: The district does not have authority over recreational fires in the state parks or on the ocean shoreline.

Replacement signs are available through the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay (EVCNB):


Recreational Fire

  1. A small fire no larger than three (3) foot in diameter.
  2. A flame height reaching no larger than three (3) foot in the air.
  3. Fuel is to be clean cut firewood or manufactured fire logs.

Fire Pit

  1. A structure made of bricks, rocks, concrete, metal or some other noncombustible material.
  2. At least three sides being a minimum of eight (8) inches high.
  3. If there is an open side to the pit it should be located on the windward side of the fire pit.


  1. Must have a valid burn permit (unless within a commercial park with multiple campsites).
  2. Fires must be in an approved fire pit.
  3. Fire pits must have at least 25 foot clearance around and 12 foot above burn pit.
  4. Ground surface shall be clear of fallen leaves and other surface fuels. Cut green grass is okay.
  5. Fire must be attended at all times and extinguished before leaving.
  6. A water source of adequate supply must be available to extinguish the fire and control fire spread if needed.

Prohibited Acts:

  1. The burning of paper, garbage, plastic, brush or other debris is strictly prohibited in a recreational burn.

Burn Permit Form

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