Banks, Fire, Weather

Washington County burn ban to lift Friday morning

Banks Fire District Water Tender 14 responds to a field fire in Gales Creek on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Photo: Chas Hundley

Washington County's burn ban, first announced on April 14, will lift at 8 a.m. Friday, April 23, according to Dave Nemeyer, a spokesperson for Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.

The original decision to halt burning on April 14 came after the Washington County Fire Defense Board, made up of all local Washington County fire agencies, met and determined that it would be unsafe to allow outdoor debris burning.

The Portland office of the National Weather Service also issued a red flag warning last Friday and a special weather statement earlier than that, both warning of high fire danger caused by the high temperatures, windy conditions, and low relative humidity in NW Oregon.

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