As a cooperative effort between The Oregon Department of Forestry, and local fire agencies within Hood River and Wasco Counties, the Burn Ban in Wasco county and the modified Burn Ban in Hood River county will be lifted as of 1:00 am on October 14th 2017. This applies to burn barrels and small back yard piles. At this time large industrial piles or fuels treatment project piles are not being allowed. Burning permits are still required for all outdoor burning activities. Make sure you have a valid permit from either the Oregon Department of Forestry or your local fire department, and use caution with any burning you plan to do.
Make sure you have an adequate buffer around your pile or barrel. Have a good water source on site that is operational and ready for use. Digging tools are required to have on site in the case there is an escaped fire. Plan your burning activities on cool days when the wind is calm. Make sure you know the specific requirements that pertain to your area before conducting any burn and follow all burn permit instructions. As always, if you have any questions, want to report any unsafe burning, or have an escaped fire please contact your local fire agency.