Fire district bans backyard burning in Scappoose and St. Helens
Backyard burning is currently prohibited in areas covered by Columbia River Fire and Rescue and Scappoose Fire District.
As of Wednesday, Oct. 17, Fire Chief Mike Greisen declared that a significant fire hazard exists due to an increasing number of escaped debris burns, excessively dry summer and an ongoing lack of rainfall, according to a release from the fire departments.
The ban will be in effect until further notice.
Recreational fires are allowed, but must remain in designated fire pits and may not be larger than three-feet in diameter with flames not to exceed two-feet in height, the release adds. Those fires are allowed within the landscaped footprint of a yard and must be attended at all times. Fire extinguishing tools, like garden hoses, must also be nearby. Burning of garbage or yard debris is not permitted.
Residents should also be mindful of weather conditions and should avoid burning recreational fires on hot or windy days.
The open burn period for the city of St. Helens was set to open Oct. 20, but such burning is not allowed during the burn ban.
If fire conditions worsen or result in a more significant hazard, burning of any kind may be banned.
CRFR responded to at least five illegal burns and two out of control burn piles between Oct. 8 and Oct 14, according to call logs.
For more information about outdoor burning, visit www.crfr.com or www.srfd.us and click on the link, "Outdoor Burning."