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The piles will be created from thinning timber stands, dead wood and brush removed from the forest floor.

In anticipation of rain and cooler temperatures, Mount Hood National Forest fire management personnel have started fall pile burning, and could continue for months depending on weather conditions.

The piles will be created from thinning timber stands, dead wood and brush removed from the forest floor. The debris will be placed in piles and left to dry before being ignited.

Pile burning will occur when significant moisture is present, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Burning these materials will reduce the risk of wildfires in the area during the subsequent summer fire season.

Forest officials will stop lighting fires in the early afternoon each day to allow piles to burn down before air inversions (common during evening hours) increase smoke impacts. Once ignited, firefighters will monitor burns until the fire is declared extinguished.

Smoke may be visible during ignitions and may drift onto nearby streets for a short time after the piles are lit, but no road closures are expected.

For more information, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/alerts-notices/?aid=43200 or call Chris Harper at River Ranger District office 503-630-8783.

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