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Outdoor burn ban issued by fire defense board goes into effect Sept. 4 in Marion County

The Marion County Fire Defense Board has issued a countywide burn ban effective, Sept. 4, due to forecasted high temperatures, limited rainfall and ongoing dry conditions.

The burn ban includes yard debris, agricultural burning and permits issued for open burning until further notice. Check with your local fire department/district for more information. For the most current information, please call the Burn Information Line at 877-982-0011.PMG FILE PHOTO - A burn ban is in effect starting Sept. 4 in Marion County in anticipation of hot, dry weather.

Restrictions include:

• Backyard burning (yard debris, etc.).

• Agricultural burning, regulated through Department of Agriculture, contact your local fire agency for special situations.

• Land clearing or slash burning.

• Barbecue grills are allowed if a flame is not visible while cooking. They must have a lid to cover open flames. Warming fires that use LPG are allowed. Anything that emits embers is banned.

Federal agencies have independent jurisdiction and authority to regulate recreational fires on their lands, so this ban does not apply to the U.S. Forest Service and BLM-regulated lands; however, adhering to these precautions is wise.

Individuals found to be in violation of these requirements during the burn ban may be held liable for the cost of putting out a fire and for any property damage resulting from an illegal fire.

Those living in rural areas are asked to maintain their defensible space by monitoring growth surrounding homes and structures, and maintain adequate access for firefighting equipment.

The Marion County Fire Defense Board provides the following tips:

• Know fire risks and obey fire restrictions such as campfire bans.

• Avoid parking or driving on dry grass as hot vehicles can start a wildfire.

• Vehicles are required to have a shovel and fire extinguisher or at least a gallon of water in many areas.

• Do not use candles, fireworks, tiki torches or other open flames in wildland areas.

• Remember that sky lanterns are illegal in Oregon airspace.

• Dispose of smoking materials in deep, sturdy ashtrays.

• Make sure butts and ashes are extinguished with water.

• Never discard butts on the ground or in vegetation.

For more wildfire prevention information and restrictions, visit Keep Oregon Green at www.keeporegongreen.org and the Oregon Department of Forestry at www.oregon.gov.


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