Regulated use closure and burn ban lifted

Due to the current and forecasted weather, the Oregon Department of Forestry, The Dalles Unit, terminated its Regulated Use Closure effective at 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, Oct. 15. This affects all lands protected by ODF within Hood River and Wasco counties.

The area will still remain in Fire Season until further notice. The recent rain has reduced fire potential but warmer weather may dry the fuels again and pose a fire hazard.

Also, as a cooperative effort between the Oregon Department of Forestry and local fire agencies within Hood River and Wasco counties, the burn ban was lifted Oct. 17. This applies to burn barrels and small backyard piles.

At this time large industrial piles or fuels treatment project piles are still not allowed.

Burning permits are still required for all outdoor burning activities. Burning hours are dawn to 11 a.m. Make sure you have a valid permit from either the Oregon Department of Forestry or your local fire department, and use caution with any burning you plan to do.

Below are some helpful tips to make sure your burning activities are safe and legal:

n Make sure you have an adequate buffer around your pile or barrel.

n Have a good water source on site that is operational and ready for use.

n Digging tools are required to have on-site in the case there is an escaped fire.

n Plan your burning activities on cool days when the wind is calm.

n Make sure you know the specific requirements that pertain to your area before conducting any burn and follow all burn permit instructions.

As always, if you have any questions, want to report any unsafe burning or have an escaped fire please contact your local fire agency or ODF.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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