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According to the city, the next authorized burn period begins Friday, Nov. 18 and extends through Sunday, Dec. 4.

COURTESY PHOTO: SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT - Firefighters in Scappoose respond to a hay fire. The city of St. Helens is announcing an additional fall period for open burning within the city limits.

An announcement by the city states that the next authorized burn period will begin Friday, Nov. 18, and extend through Sunday, Dec. 4.

"The purpose of the new dates is to address any confusion about the authorized burn period this fall and allow residents an additional opportunity for outdoor burning," the city said in a news release, which was issued late in the afternoon Wednesday, Nov. 16.

These periods are established for residents to burn yard debris. The burn periods don't apply to activities such as using a charcoal barbecue or recreational outdoor firepit.

According to the city, a permit must be obtained through Columbia River Fire & Rescue (CRF&R) before burning anything in your yard.

These residential burn permits are available through CRF&R's website at HYPERLINK "" or in person at the St. Helens Fire Station, located at 105 S. 12th Street in St. Helens.

The city says, "Due to low rainfall and high temperatures over the last several years, it is extremely important that anyone wishing to start an outdoor fire check the burn line each day they plan to burn."

The burn line phone number is 503-397-4800.

Burn bans may still be in effect even with a permit. Burn permits last for one year from the date of issue.

According to the city, there are only two authorized burn periods within the city limits. Normally, these dates are on the first Saturday in May for 16 consecutive days and the third Saturday in October for 16 consecutive days.

Burning can only be done during daylight and people are not allowed to burn grass clippings, plastics, household garbage, petroleum projects or rubber products.

St. Helens is reminding residents that during November, Hudson Garbage Service will pick up yard debris bins on a weekly basis at no additional charge to customers who reside within St. Helens city limits.

For more information on burn permits, contact Columbia River Fire & Rescue's administrative office at 503-397-2990.

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