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Canby, Molalla and Colton fire districts join rest of Clackamas County in delaying normal Oct. 1 opening

The Canby, Molalla and Colton fire districts, along with the rest of the Clackamas County fire district, are delaying the start of burn season this year. The open burning season would traditionally start on Oct. 1, but after an evaluation of weather forecasts and recent events, as well as a poll of fire chiefs in the country, the Clackamas County Fire Defense Board agencies made the collective decision to delay the opening of this year's burn season. Open burning is generally closed for the season from Dec. 16 to Feb. 28 and June 16 to Sept. 30. PMG FILE PHOTO - Open burning, which usually begins Oct. 1, has been pushed back until conditions improve within Clackamas County. This decision mirrors that of the Oregon Department of Forestry. Clackamas County fire agencies include: Aurora Fire District, Canby Fire District, Clackamas Fire District #1, Colton Fire District, Estacada Fire District, Hoodland Fire District #74, Lake Oswego Fire Department, Molalla Fire District, Monitor Fire District, Sandy Fire District #72, Silverton Fire District, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. However, it was decided that fuel conditions continue to improve so the CCFDB is optimistic about opening burning up in the near future. There may be more restrictive fire safety rules within Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)-protected land, which exists throughout much of rural Clackamas County. The ODF restrictions may include prohibitions on campfires, smoking, target shooting, powered equipment, motorized vehicles, and other public/private landowner and industrial fire restrictions. More details about ODF fire restrictions are available at Outdoor burning in violation of this restriction may be immediately extinguished. If a fire agency responds to a fire that has been started in willful violation of this restriction, the person responsible may be liable for all costs incurred, as well as legal fees per ORS 478.965.

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