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September 25, 2012
Contacts: Allison Blair, Philomath, 541-929-9156
Chad Calderwood, Sweet Home, 541-367-6108
Chris Paul, Santiam, 503-859-2151
Even though the calendar says summer has passed, residents of Linn, Benton and Marion counties are reminded that the ban on backyard debris burning that began June 15 remains in effect till further notice.
The annual three-county burn ban continues with the provision “until further notice” due to the current fire danger.
The fire officials noted that the small amount of rain the weekend before last had no enduring effect on wildfire risk.
“The weather patterns need to change to a winter weather model before open outdoor burning can be done safely,” said the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Allison Blair.
Scarcity of firefighting resources also figured into the decision to extend the ban this year. With several large fires burning throughout the West, firefighting resources continue to be stretched thin.
Rural fire agencies and the Oregon Department of Forestry have the authority to enforce and regulate the burn ban. Under Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 477, the department may issue citations for violation of the burning restrictions.
For more information on the open burning restrictions as well as advice on safe debris disposal, contact the nearest Department of Forestry office or the local fire department.