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Frequently Asked Questions

When can I open/barrel burn?

It depends on where you live. Open/barrel burning is prohibited within the Air Quality Maintenance Area (AQMA) from November 1 through February 29.  Click here to find out if you are inside the AQMA.  Other than those months, or if you live outside the AQMA, burning is allowed provided the ventilation index (VI) is adequate and there are no fire danger risks (call 776-7007 to hear the daily burn status). Remember, this applies to unincorporated Jackson County as there may be further restrictions within cities. See Open/Barrel Burning for more information.

NOTE: NO OPEN/BARREL BURNING IS ALLOWED IN JACKSON COUNTY DURING FIRE SEASON. FURTHERMORE, OPEN/BARREL BURNING IS PROHIBITED WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF MEDFORD, JACKSONVILLE, PHOENIX AND TALENT ALL YEAR.