Washington County – The burn ban enacted on Tuesday, October 2 will be lifted today, October 5, at 1 p.m. after a significant rainfall moved into the area, according to Forest Grove Fire & rescue.
Additionally, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) ended fire season in the Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District (NWOFPD) today at 1 a.m.
In an email to forestry operators and landowners in the NWOFPD, Kelly Niles, acting District Forester of the Forest Grove District, praised the efforts of forest owners, operators, and ODF staff.
“I believe we only had 3 industry related fires that totaled less than .25 of an acre and 2 of those were related to slash burning this Spring. That is a great record with how little precipitation we received over the summer,” said Niles.
Previously, agriculture and forest use burning had been allowed in rural Washington County, with a permit, on Thursday, September 20 with residential backyard burning starting on October 1.
However, on Tuesday, October 2, dry conditions allowed at least six burn piles to spread out of control in rural Washington County, prompting an immediate ban on all backyard burning unless it was a cooking or warming fire under 3 feet in diameter.
“Due to the increased amount of rain in the area we feel it is safe to now allow burning again in areas that it is permitted,” read a statement from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.
The agency also asked for basic fire safety practices to be kept in mind, including creating a bare dirt break around burn piles, and to keep a water source, tools, and someone to watch the fire at all times.