Government, Salem, wildfire

Nearly 1,000 acres have burned on ODF-protected lands in 2019 so far

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue responded to reports of an out-of-control burn pile in Gales Creek on May 5. It turned out to be a false alarm. Photo: Chas Hundley

SALEM - The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) issued a warning that the window to safely burn debris has closed until conditions improve late in the year. 

According to an ODF press release, “unseasonably warm and dry conditions” have led to more than 70 fires in the department’s protected areas so far in May, catching people off guard who were not expecting fires this early in the year, and prompting county-wide burn bans in various regions throughout the state, including a short ban in Washington County last week and into the weekend.

While a formal fire season has yet to be declared on ODF-protected lands . . .

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