Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue enacted an outdoor burning ban last week in all of the areas it services west of Portland, including Newberg. The ban is coordinated with Washington County Fire Defense Board and the Oregon Department of Forestry.
The ban prohibits all backyard or open burning of yard debris; all burning of agricultural wastes and crops, as well as field burning; all slash burning and clearing of land.
The ban does not extend to small backyard recreational fire pits (maximum three feet in diameter and two feet high), with clean, dry firewood, natural gas, briquettes or propane; outdoor and portable fireplaces with clean, dry firewood, natural gas, briquettes or propane; permitted fireworks displays with designated fall-out zones and safety plans.
"Individuals found to be 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," said a statement from TVF&R.
Officials said the ban will remain in effect until weather and fuel conditions present less fire risk.
For more information, visit the organization's website at www.tvfr.com.