Burn ban begins Saturday in Washington County

Fire restrictions are also in place within TVF and R service areas

Warm, dry weather caused the Washington County Fire Defense Board, in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry, to enact a burn ban within Washington County beginning Saturday.

Following that decision, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue will also ban all outdoor open burning within its jurisdiction, including areas served in Multnomah and Clackamas counties effective at 1 a.m., Saturday.

The burn ban includes the following situations: backyard burning, agricultural burning and land clearing or slash burning (not associated with Oregon Department of Forestry jurisdiction).

The ban does not include recreational burning such as cooking fires and backyard pits. "Individuals intending to burn in this manner should use caution and common sense," said Brian Barker, fire district spokesman.

Ceremonial type fires with a permit issued by Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue are also permitted.

Individuals in violation of these requirements during the burn ban, may be held liable for the cost of extinguishment and for any property damage resulting from an illegal fire, Barker said.

The burn ban will remain in effect until cooler temperatures minimize the fire danger.