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The City of Salem Burning Ban Extended through 4/23 - 04/19/21

Based on current weather projections and current conditions the City of Salem has extended the burn ban that was imposed on April 13th through Friday April 23rd. 


With the extended weather forecast showing higher temperatures, low humidity and moderate winds, the City of Salem is issuing a burn ban on all open burning through April 18, 2021. All outdoor burning, including ceremonial and recreational fires, will be prohibited within the City of Salem. This ban is based on weather conditions and community fire safety needs, and will remain in effect through this week.

The City will reevaluate the forecast this weekend prior to determining burn status for the following week.

Cooking outdoors in approved propane or charcoal barbecue grills is allowed during this total burning ban, but always remember and follow safe grilling practices, and properly dispose of coals in a metal container when finished.

The Burn Ban includes the following open burning situations:

1. Agricultural burning

2. Land clearing or slash burning

3. Recreational fires, including:

    a. Backyard fire pits.

    b. Outdoor fireplaces and portable fireplaces.

4. Ceremonial Fires

Individuals found to be in violation of these requirements during the burn ban may be held liable for the  cost of extinguishment and for any property damage resulting from an illegal fire.

Drinking Water Improvements Continue with Waterline Extension on Sunnyside Road SE - 04/07/21

As part of continuing efforts to provide a safe and resilient City of Salem water system, new water line construction on Sunnyside Road SE between Woodmansee Street SE and Boone Road SE will begin in late April 2021.

Construction and re-paving will occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Working in short segments will help maintain two-way traffic with one-lane closures. Flaggers and temporary traffic control measures will be in place to guide traffic. Local business and residential access will be maintained.

The City is working with Cherriots to temporarily relocate bus stops that are affected by construction. Visit for details about bus stops in the work zone.

Construction of the new waterline is part of the larger efforts in Woodmansee Park to improve and expand the City of Salem’s existing Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) system.  This system stores clean drinking water for backup use in a natural underground aquifer in Woodmansee Park.

Construction on the Sunnyside waterline is expected to continue through August 2021. Please use extra caution through this area this summer and should expect some delays.  

For more information about this project or the drinking water improvements in Woodmansee Park, please contact Engineering Program Manager, Ben Haney, at"> or 503-588-6211.

City Approves More Overnight Shelter for Area Homeless - 03/23/21

March 23, 2021

Salem Ore. City Council approved the placement of 20 pallet homes at a City-owned property on Portland Road NE to be used as shelter for area homelessness.

The decision comes at a critical time for Salem, as the parks camping program is set to conclude this summer, and the Pavilion Shelter, at the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center will conclude March 31, 2021.

“This investment is an important step in achieving one of our top council priorities,” said Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett. “As we work together to solve Salem’s homelessness issues, we must also be open to innovative solutions like the pallet shelters that have proved to be a successful and affordable solution in other cities.”

The pallet shelters, which cost the City $5,000 each, are designed to accommodate single individuals and couples with electricity, warmth, and added security.

“Now, with City’s Council’s approval, we can begin working out the details of this managed shelter location,” said Gretchen Bennett, the City’s homeless liaison.

Current plans for the pallet shelter program include Church at the Park serving around the clock as the on-site shelter manager. Additional vehicle camping will also be permitted in combination with the pallet homes.

 By resolution, the City Council:

  • established basic requirements for managed camps
  • directed that managed camps not be located in a single-family residential zone
  • provided for future agreements for on-site camp management.

For more information about the current projects, the City of Salem is working on for our unsheltered populations including homeless rental assistance vouchers, financial support of area non-profits and tax incentives for developers focused on low-income housing developments, visit our website or email