BEAVERTON, Ore. – A burn ban starts today in Washington County and parts of the Portland metro area.
The ban for now encompasses the areas served by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
That includes Aloha, Beaverton, Durham, King City, Newberg, North Plains, Rivergrove, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, West Linn, Wilsonville, and unincorporated parts of Washington, Clackamas, Multnomah and Yamhill counties.
The burn ban prohibits all backyard or open burning of items like yard debris, as well as agricultural burning.
Anyone found in violation will be responsible for the cost to extinguish the fire and for any property damage resulting from it.
The burn ban does not prohibit small backyard recreational fire pits smaller than three feet in diameter and two feet high, using with clean, dry firewood, natural gas, briquettes or propane. Outdoor fireplaces, portable fireplaces, and outdoor cooking are also permitted.
Washington County fire agencies may further restrict these recreational fire at a later date if fire danger conditions become extreme.
The burn ban will remain in effect until weather and fuel conditions present less fire risk.
Visit http://www.tvfr.com/ for tips on fire safety, including how to protect a home from potential wildfire.