The Oregon Department of Forestry has announced a ban on all open and backyard burning between June 16 and October 15. The ban, effective in Benton, Linn and Marion counties is made in conjunction with the fire defense boards of the counties involved, and may be extended after October 15, depending on fire danger.
The restrictions are supported by air-quality rules established by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. They are also intended to protect against wildfire and property loss.
Benton County Fire Defense Board Chief Rick Smith has encouraged property owners to explore alternatives during the ban. According to the Department of Forestry, options include: chipping, hauling debris to recycling centers and composting.
The Department says, “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.”
More information is available from the Department of Forestry or local fire departments.