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Temporary burn ban to take effect in Scappoose

Fire district announces restrictions for summer

Scappoose Fire District announced Wednesday that backyard debris burns are temporarioly being restricted.

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - A burn ban is in effect in Scappoose. Certain recreational fires are acceptable, with size restrictions.The burn ban will remain in effect for the rest of the summer.

Fire officials in Scappoose implement the ban on debris burning every summer.

“Right now, there’s absolutely no burn days,” Cheryl Engstrom, public information officer for the fire district, said. “We always close it every summer because of the conditions. It’s just safer.”

The restrictions on burning will be lifted in the fall, Engstrom said.

Some fires and burning are still allowed.

n Fire pits for firewood are still permitted, but cannot exceed three feet of inner diameter. Only dry firewood and charcoal fires are acceptable.

n Recreational fires, which the district defines as fires for purposes of cooking, warming or similar recreation, can also be restricted on days of extreme dry weather or wind.

n Open campfires, fire pits and chimeneas on private property are acceptable as long as they are at least 25 feet from any structure or combustible materials.

n Camp fires must be contained in fire pits.

Scappoose Fire District advises against using chimeneas or fire pits on wooden decks.

Permits are not required for recreational fires, but they are necessary for large bonfires or larger fires for recreational or ceremonial purposes, according to the district.

Scappoose residents with questions about burning regulations can call 503-543-3590.