7 days ago
We pause as a nation on Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor and remember the 21,910 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty since 1790. May their memories never fade, and may we always keep their families close to our hearts.
Thank you to all of our Law Enforcement Partners, let us not forget and honor the sacrifice that has been paid to keep our communities safe! ...
1 week ago
As of today the county-wide burn ban has been lifted and burning can resume.
PLEASE, remember to contact the burn information line at 503-982-0011 to determine if burning is allowed. Each day, DEQ analyzes air quality and weather data to determine if ventilation is sufficient to allow open burning in the Willamette Valley, and notifies the State Fire Marshall. The Fire Marshal forwards this information to the fire district and then placed on the burn line for that day.
Materials that cannot be burned DEQ regulations prohibit open burning of the following materials at anytime, anywhere in Oregon:
Rubber and plastic products
Tires (includes burning tires to start an approved agricultural waste fire)
Petroleum and petroleum-treated materials
Asphalt or industrial waste
Any material that creates dense smoke or noxious odors.
It is against the law to conduct any open burning that:
Unreasonably interferes with enjoyment of life or property;
Creates a public or private nuisance; or
Creates a hazard to public safety.
Oregon DEQ is responsible for establishing and enforcing the regulations pursuant to open burning and air quality. If you wish to report an illegal burn, smoke, or air quality issue; file an online complaint or call DEQ at 888-997-7888. ...
2 weeks ago
MARION COUNTY, OR. – The Marion County Fire Defense Board has issued an outdoor burn ban effective May 8, 2019, in all areas of Marion County.
The Marion County Fire Defense Board has issued a county-wide burn ban effective, Wednesday, May 8, 2019 through Sunday, May 12, 2019, due to forecasted high temperatures, limited rainfall and ongoing dry conditions.
The burn ban includes yard debris, and agricultural burning and permits issued for open burning until further notice. Check with your local Fire Department/District for more information. For the most current information, please call the Burn Information Line at (877) 982-0011.
· Backyard burning (yard debris, etc.)
· Agricultural burning, regulated through Department of Agriculture, contact your local fire agency for special situations.
· Land clearing or slash burning.
Federal agencies have independent jurisdiction and authority to regulate recreational fires on their lands so this ban does not apply to the US Forest Service and BLM regulated lands. Adhering to these precautions is still wise even though not enforceable.
Individuals found to be in violation of these requirements during the burn ban may be held liable for the cost of putting out a fire and for any property damage resulting from an illegal fire.
The burn ban will remain in effect until weather conditions minimize the fire danger.
Those living in rural areas are asked to maintain their defensible space by monitoring growth surrounding homes and structures, and to maintain adequate access for firefighting equipment
* Know fire risks and obey fire restrictions, such as campfire bans.
* Avoid parking or driving on dry grass as hot vehicles can start a wildfire.
* Vehicles are required to have a shovel and fire extinguisher or at least a gallon of water in many areas.
* Do not use candles, fireworks, tiki torches, or other open flames in wildland areas.
* Remember that sky lanterns are illegal in Oregon airspace.
* Dispose of smoking material in deep, sturdy ashtrays.
* Make sure butts and ashes are extinguished with water.
* Never discard butts on the ground or in vegetation. ...