Dates Set for Lifting Public Restrictions and Terminating Burn Bans in Hood River and Wasco Counties

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The Dalles, Ore. —  While fire season remains in effect, Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District will terminate Regulated-Use Closure at 12:01 a.m. on October 1, 2021, which includes lands in Hood River and Wasco counties.  Campfires, warming fires and cooking fires will be allowed with the termination of Regulated-Use Closure.  These fires should be kept small and any surrounding fuel should be cleared away to reduce potential spread.  A fire tool, such as a shovel, and water or a fire extinguisher should be available to help control the fire if needed.  Fires should not be left unattended, should be DEAD OUT! and cool to the touch when you leave.  Activities such as mowing of dry grass, non-industrial chainsaw use, and cutting and grinding of metal will no longer have restrictions such as timing of activities or firewatch requirements.

In addition, through coordination with the Fire Defense Board Chiefs in Hood River and Wasco counties, fire managers have established specific dates to lift the burn ban in each county.  The burn ban for Hood River County will be lifted effective October 1st, with burn barrels and small debris piles allowed by permit from daylight to 11:00 a.m.  The burn ban for Wasco County, prohibiting use of burn barrels and burning of yard debris, will be lifted effective October 16, 2021.  Contact your local fire department or Oregon Department of Forestry office to determine if burning is allowed or to request a permit.  Burning of larger slash piles or other debris from forest operations is not permitted at this time. 

Fire Season restrictions banning the use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition are still in effect.  The Industrial Fire Precaution Level remains at level 1 in MH-1 and MH-4 for forest operations on ODF protected lands within Hood River and Wasco counties.

Recent precipitation, cooler temperatures, and increased humidity has significantly reduced fire behavior and ignition potential from sparks and other heat sources, however the public is reminded to be attentive to activities which could start a wildfire.  Weather can change quickly in the fall and winds can often be erratic.  Failure to follow current restrictions may result in a citation or liability for fire suppression work.  Wildfires cause damage to Oregon’s natural resources, including affecting water, soil and air quality and impact local communities. 

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including Fire Season requirements, contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

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