Banks, Environment, Fire

Fire season, burn ban begins as triple-digit temperatures loom

The Banks Fire District #13 headquarters in Banks on March 3, 2019. Photo: Chas Hundley

A county-wide burn ban went into effect Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., putting a halt to all backyard, agricultural, slash, and other debris burning. Still allowed are small outdoor cooking or warming fires and barbecue grills or other cooking appliances. 

Those living within Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue’s boundaries, which includes parts of Roy and Mountaindale, were already under a burn ban which began June 18. 

For those living in and within ⅛ of a mile of Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in the Northwest Oregon Forest Protective Association (NWOFPA) region, fire season began at 1 a.m. Tuesday morning as well, which comes with a host of fire restrictions and other precautions defined by a series of

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