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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