TVF&R enacts outdoor burn ban
On July 25, the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue district enacted a "high fire danger burn ban" throughout its jurisdiction, which includes Newberg and parts of Yamhill and Washington counties north, west and east of the city.
The ban prohibits back yard or open burning of yard debris, agricultural burning of wastes, crops and fields and any other clearing of land by burning slash, stumps, waste, debris or controlled burns.
The ban does not prohibit small outdoor cooking or warming or recreational fires, the agency said on its website.
"These include portable or permanent fire pits, fire tables and campfires, with a maximum fuel of 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height in a safe location away from combustibles or vegetation," the website said. "Barbecue grills, smokers and similar cooking appliances with clean, dry firewood, briquettes, wood chips, pellets, propane, natural gas or similar fuels (are allowed, as are) gas-powered equipment such as chainsaws, lawn mowers, string trimmers, etc."
Further restrictions may be applied in areas within one-eighth mile of Oregon Department of Forestry land, which exists throughout much of rural Washington County north of Newberg.
"ODF restrictions may include prohibitions on campfires, smoking, target shooting, power equipment, motorized vehicles and other public, private landowner and industrial fire restrictions," the site said.
For more information on fire restrictions on ODF land, visit gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/firerestrictions/PFR.html.
Those ignoring the bans may see their fires immediately extinguished.
"If a fire agency responds to a fire that has been started in willful violation of this burn ban, the person may be liable for all costs incurred, as well as legal fees per (state statutes)," the release said.
Call the TVFR recorded burn message at 503-259-1789 for daily updates.
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