Burn ban goes into effect in Washington County

Firefighters work a small grass fire that ignited near Roy in August 2017. Photo: Chas Hundley

FOREST GROVE - Washington County issued a burn ban that runs from today, May 9, through the upcoming weekend as the region continues to experience record high temperatures for this time of year.

In an email obtained by the Banks Post, Ron Graham, deputy chief for the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire division, said that current conditions are more typically seen during the middle of fire season, yet it’s only the beginning of May.

“Heightened preparedness is critical,” Graham wrote. “We are already seeing increased fire activity across the state.”

John Saltenberger, fire weather program manager for the Northwest Coordination Center, said northeasterly winds are expected over western Oregon on May 9 and will continue at least through Friday, May 10.

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