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Washington County enacts outdoor burn ban

North Wilsonville is part of Washington County; falls under ban's jurisdiction


The Washington County Fire Defense Board, in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry, has enacted a burn ban within Washington County effective today.

Following that decision, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue is placing a ban on all outdoor open burning within its jurisdiction, including areas served by TVF&R in Multnomah and Clackamas Counties, effective July 14.

The burn ban includes the following situations:

1. Backyard burning, including yard debris;

2. Agricultural burning;

3. Land clearing or slash burning;

The ban does not include small recreational fires such as small backyard fire pits (maximum 3-foot diameter and 2-feet in height) or outdoor fireplaces and portable fireplaces.

People who intend to burn in this manner should use extreme caution. All combustible vegetation and materials should be cleared from the area. Additionally, all recreational fires must be constantly attended until the fire is fully extinguished.

If conditions worsen, TVF&R officials say they may ban recreational fires as well.

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

The ban will remain in effect until weather conditions minimize the fire danger.

Visit tvfr.com for more information, including tips on how to protect a home located in a wildland urban interface from potential wildland fire.

For more information, visit tvfr.com.



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