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Oregon Department of Forestry offers some guidelines for yard burning as summer approaches

As summer draws near and temperatures increase, so do the chances of wildfire. This is an ideal time of the year to trim back trees and shrubs that could pose a wildfire threat. As homeowners begin spring clean-up they should keep in mind that the safest practices for disposing yard debris do not always have to include burning. chipping, recycling or reusing are viable options in yard maintenance as well. PMG FILE PHOTO - As homeowners begin spring clean-up they should keep in mind that the safest practices for disposing yard debris do not always have to include burning. Chipping, recycling or reusing are viable options in yard maintenance as well.

The Waste Management transfer station in Newberg will accept nearly everything a backyard may have to offer, for a fee. Just remember to secure all loads with tarps and straps to prevent accidental litter and highway hazards.

If you choose to burn debris, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has offered these guidelines:

Call before you burn: Burning regulations vary according to area and weather. Check with the Northwest Area Office in Forest Grove by calling 503-359-7426.

Know the weather forecast: Never burn on dry or windy days. Open burns can easily spread out of control.

Clear a 10 foot radius around your pile: Make sure there are no tree branches or power lines above.

Keep burn piles small: Four feet by four feet and under is recommended.

Have easy access to water and tools: Keep a charged water hose nearby, as well as a bucket of water and a shovel to extinguish an escaped fire.

Ensure that fire is completely out: Monitoring burn piles until they are extinguished is required by state law. Drown the pile with water, stir the coals with a shovel and repeat until the fire is dead out. Check old piles several hours later and up to a few days after the burn.

Never use gasoline or flammable liquids:  Every year, 10 to 15 percent of all burn-related injuries treated at the Oregon Burn Center in Portland are the result of backyard debris burning.

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