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Yard debris burning is closing early in the Depoe Bay Rural Fire Protection District this year and goes into effect Monday, June 17.

The reason for this early closure is due to unusually dry conditions and lower than normal precipitation. Along with that, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Toledo Office has informed everyone that fuel moisture levels in the County are at remarkably low levels. Yard debris burning will re-open around the first of October, when the fall rains return.

This closure coincides with ODF beginning fire season and regulated use for the Western Oregon District on the same day. The fire season is for South Cascade, Western Lane and West Oregon. The three districts cover private, state, federal and municipally-owned forestlands in Lane, Linn, Benton, Polk and Lincoln counties, totaling nearly three million acres of forestland.

The fire season declaration recognizes the increasingly hazardous fuel conditions and the potential for rapid growth of wildland fires.

“The above average temperatures and low precipitation have dried out the forest fuels, giving wildfires the potential for rapid spread,” Christopher Cline, ODF South Cascade District Forester said.

Typically, these lands enter fire season at the end of June.

“We are entering fire season earlier than normal and we are poised for a long and difficult fire season,” Cline said.

Fire officials are asking the public to be vigilant and follow fire restrictions to help prevent the next wildfire.

During Fire Season the following activities are not allowed

- Smoking while working in or traveling through any operation area.

- The use of fuse and caps for blasting, unless approval is granted by the forester.

- The discharge of an exploding target inside the district or within one-eighth mile of the district.

- The discharge of tracer ammunition on land that is within the district or within one-eighth mile of the district.

Depoe Bay Fire would like to point out some safety tips for recreational fires.

- Always have a water supply available and extinguish your fire before you leave.

- Keep recreational fires at least 15 feet away from any structure or combustible materials.

- Please remember to extinguish beach fires and do not bury them.

For more information on the fire prevention and fire season restrictions visit oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FirePrevention.

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