A ban on all open and backyard burning went into effect on June 16 in Linn, Benton, and Marion Counties. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the fire defense boards of the three counties announced the ban, which aims to reduce the incidence of open debris burns escaping control. The restrictions will extend through October 15 or later, depending on fire danger.
Benton County Fire Defense Board Chief Rick Smith asked residents to think about other ways to dispose of their backyard debris. “We encourage you to consider alternatives to burning such as the Community Wildfire Protection Plan chipping program, debris recycling, and Pacific Region Compost.”
The fire defense board chiefs encouraged residents to increase
their awareness of wildfires and take steps to help protect their property. The
work that a homeowner does now to establish a defensible space around his/her
property can make the difference between a home or structure burning or surviving intact.
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