Burn Ban for Polk County

Posted on April 14, 2021

News Release from Dallas Fire & EMS
April 14th, 2021 9:35 AM

POLK COUNTY, OR. – The Polk County Fire Defense Board has issued a backyard burn ban effective APRIL 14th, 2021, in all areas of Polk County.
NO BACKYARD BURNING. Due to moderate winds, higher temperatures, & low humidity, backyard burning is NOT allowed April 14th, through Sunday, April 18th. Conditions will be reevaluated on Monday, April 19.

Be aware of the potential of a rekindle on any piles that you may have previously lit. If you lit piles within the last month, take the time to ensure that they are 100% out.
The burn ban includes yard debris, and agricultural burning is strongly discouraged. Please be familiar with the definition of agricultural burning defined below.
The burning of agricultural waste generated by an operation that uses, or intends to use, land primarily for the purpose of obtaining a profit by raising, harvesting, and selling crops.
Check with your local Fire Department/District for more information. For the most current information, please call the Burn Information Line at (503) 838-2020.
Restrictions include:

· Backyard burning (yard debris, etc.)
· Agricultural burning is strongly discouraged, 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.
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.

For more wildfire prevention information and restrictions, we encourage you to visit Keep Oregon Green at www.keeporegongreen.org and the Oregon Department of Forestry at www.oregon.gov

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