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Amidst rising heat, officials prohibit open burning, agricultural burning, controlled burning

Taking into consideration recent high temperatures and prolonged dry weather, Clackamas Fire officials have announced three countywide fire restrictions to take effect at 7 a.m. Thursday, July 28. The restrictions prohibit open burning even on private property, agricultural burning and land-clearing methods including controlled burning. COURTESY PHOTO: UNSPLASH/CHUTTERSNAP - Clackamas Fire will enact burning restrictions on July 28.

These restrictions do not prohibit outdoor cooking or recreational fires such as those in fire pits or campfires provided they remain under 3 feet diameter of fuel area and under 2 feet in flame height. These recreational fires must be fully extinguished after use and must be in a safe location away from vegetation or combustibles. Barbecues, grills and smokers remain allowed following these restrictions.

If conditions worsen, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) might implement additional fire restrictions for protected land. These could include prohibiting campfires, smoking, power equipment and motorized vehicles as well as target shooting. To see which areas may be subject to these additional restrictions, view the map on the ODF website.

As the heat of summer continues, the Clackamas Fire urges the public to be careful when engaging in activities that could start a fire.

"It is everyone's responsibility to prevent and be prepared for wildfires," Clackamas Fire representatives said in their statement.

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