Even though over four inches of rain fell earlier in the week in Columbia County, it took only two to three days of dry weather to allow a debris burn on private land there to escape into surrounding vegetation. The escaped burn scorched four acres before being brought under control by personnel from the Oregon Department of Forestry's Northwest Oregon District. The blaze highlights how even a short period of dry weather can allow fine fuels to dry, making it easier for fire to spread.Debris burning remains restricted in many areas throughout the state. For the latest information on restrictions on ODF-protected lands, go to http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx or check with your local ODF unit or forest protective association for details.
Above: Debris burning was the cause of this
4-acre fire in Columbia County. Even when bans are lifted,
care needs to be exercised.