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Burn Permits

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Detailed Burn Permit Information at the page bottom.

NOTE: When obtaining a Burn Permit with the online system, you will NOT receive a copy of a permit. Should we respond to your location, our firefighters will be able to verify that you have a permit.

If you would like a copy mailed or emailed to you, please email or call Office Manager Stephanie at 541-296-9445.


As of April 1, 2024, Burning small piles of yard debris is once again OPEN for City of The Dalles locations. Burning will be open for about 6 weeks until May 14 at the latest. Should hot and dry conditions start before May 14, outdoor burning could be banned before May 14th.


To determine if you are within the boundry of Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, please visit 


When burning is open, permits are required for outdoor burning within Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, including within the City of The Dalles.

Permits are available online 24/7 by clicking the links below. Please follow all of the instructions.

Permits can also be obtained at the main fire station, during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 


 Burn barrels or incinerators are NOT allowed in the city limits by City of The Dalles Ordinance.

Payment is required before permits are valid. For Payment, click the link below for "PayPal Payments"



Please read the entire page for important information about our new online permit process.

A Burn Permit is required to burn anywhere within the boundaries of Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue. This includes areas inside the city limits of The Dalles and areas outside of the city 


To obtain a Burn Permit, please visit the Community Connect link below.  It will take you to a website called Mid-Columbia Community Connect.

Permits are also available at the fire station 1400 W 8th Monday through Friday 8 Am to 5 PM.

Community Connect


You must create a profile on this website. Once your profile is created, then you return to the Main Page of Community Connect and apply for a permit.

NOTE: When filling out the form for the permit, at the top of the page, in the "permit type" field, select Mid-Columbia FD Burn Permit. After reviewing the Burn Permit information, and about halfway down the page (just below Section 6) you must enter the date that you are applying for the permit.

Once you have applied for your burn permit, please return to this page to pay the $5 cost recovery fee for the permit. Do that by clicking the Pay for my Burn Permit button. This will take you to PayPal where  you can pay with your PayPal account or a Debit/Credit Card if you don’t have a PayPal account.

 NOTE: A $5.00 cost recovery fee is collected for Burn Permits.


PayPal Payment

MCFR does NOT collect your Credit/Debit Card information. This information is only collected by the PayPal Platform so your information is secured by PayPal.

Once payment has been received, your permit will be marked as Approved.

You can go back to Community Connect and print your permit, but it is not required. Our personnel can see that you have a permit if they respond to your address regarding a burning complaint

Some things to note about outdoor burning in Mid-Columbia's fire district.

  • All permits purchased earlier in 2019-2020 expired June 30th.
  • Burning within the city limits of The Dalles is only allowed between October 16 to December 1 and April 1 to May 14 of each year, assuming there is not a burn ban in effect at the time.
  • Burning, when allowed, can only take place during daylight hours.
  • Even if burning during an allowed time, you could be held liable for any damage an escaped fire might cause.  You could also be billed for the costs of the response by the fire district or our mutual aid partners no matter how small or large the response.


Detailed Burn Permit Information on Sample Burn Permit Below


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