Beginning today at noon, the Washington County Fire Defense Board has enacted a High-Fire Danger Burn Ban. The Washington County agencies include: Banks Fire District #13, Cornelius Fire & Rescue, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Gaston Rural Fire District, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. The High-Fire Danger Burn Ban is additionally in effect throughout TVF&R’s entire jurisdiction, including areas served in Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, and Yamhill counties.
The burn ban prohibits all of the following:
- All backyard or open burning (branches, yard debris, etc.).
- All commercial and agricultural open burning (agricultural wastes, crops, field burning, etc.).
- All other land clearing, slash, waste, or debris burning.
Outdoor fires in violation of this burn may be immediately extinguished. If a fire agency is required to respond and be used actively or on a standby basis in connection with the extinguishment or control of a fire that has been started or allowed to spread in willful violation of this burn ban, the person responsible may be liable for the costs incurred by the fire agency in controlling, extinguishing, or patrolling the fire, as well as legal fees per ORS 478.965.
The public will be notified when the burn ban is lifted. Visit your local fire agency’s website for more information.