Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.


































Monday, July 11, 2011

Burn ban in effect for Yamhill County, portions of Polk

The Yamhill County Fire Defense Board, in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry, has enacted a Burn Ban within Yamhill County effective Monday, July 11th, 2011 at 1 a.m. Following that decision, all fire jurisdictions will ban outdoor burning within their jurisdiction, including areas in Polk County served by Amity, Dayton, Sheridan, and West Valley Fire Districts.


The Burn Ban covers all burning including, but not limited to, the following situations:

1. Individuals normally allowed to backyard burn

2. Individuals normally allowed to burn agricultural waste

3. Individuals with a Hardship Permit issued by DEQ

The Burn Ban does not include recreational burning (backyard fire pits and campfires in designated areas when approved by the Oregon Department of Forestry). Individuals intending to burn in this manner should use always exercise caution with fire sources.

Individuals found burning during the burn ban may be issued a citation and/or found liable for any property loss damage and suppression costs resulting from a burning incident. The burn ban will remain in effect until significant rains and cooler temperatures minimize the fire danger in the fall.

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.



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The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.





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