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Fire District bans outdoor burning

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, in conjunction with the Washington County Fire Defense Board and the Oregon Department of Forestry, has instituted a burn ban effective immediately.

Per TVF and R's open burning policy, the spring open burning season ended on June 15.

The ban includes all agricultural, backyard, slash or all forms of open burning except the following:

n Recreational/cooking fires smaller than two feet in diameter and one foot high using split firewood. (i.e. in a backyard pit, or individuals hiking or camping with a campfire in a designated and/or self-made fire pit). Individuals intending to burn in this manner should use caution and common sense.

n Ceremonial fires or small fires used for religious or ceremonial purposes may be approved. Note: This type of fire requires a permit issued by Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.

Individuals found to be in violation of these requirements during the burn ban may be issued a citation and/or found liable for any property loss and suppression costs resulting from a burning incident. Additionally, TVF and R urges residents to use extreme caution when using any Oregon legal fireworks due to the continued dry weather.

For questions regarding open burning within Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue area, including areas served in Clackamas County (West Linn, Rosemont and Stafford-Tanner Basin and Wilsonville), and Multnomah County (Skyline), contact Deputy Fire Marshal Jerry Renfro at 503-612-7007 or visit the Web site at www.tvfr.com.