The summer burn ban enacted throughout Washington County was lifted Friday, the Banks Fire District and Forest Grove Fire & Rescue said. The DEQ burn season opens Sunday.
Fire season in this corner of Oregon will end Sunday, October 1, the Oregon Department of Forestry said.
Fire danger was at moderate until Thursday, when high temperatures brought it back to “high.”
Tuesday morning, ODF officials brought it back down to moderate.
The federal agency issued a fire weather watch and an excessive heat warning Thursday afternoon for much of western Oregon.
Banks Fire District is among several Washington County fire agencies that headed to central Oregon Friday morning in preparation for what could be a dangerous wildfire weekend for that region.
The Portland office of the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning—the second such warning in four days—for much of the Willamette Valley beginning Tuesday at 2 p.m.
“A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly,” the National Weather Service said.
“Conditions may be favorable for rapid fire spread which may threaten life and property,” the NWS said. “Use extra caution with potential ignition sources, especially in grassy areas. Outdoor burning is not recommended.”
Summer is (more or less) here, and area fire agencies are gearing up for the impending fire season. Find info on burning, fire safety, training, and more inside.
A fire damaged a garage in Gales Creek late Friday morning. No humans were hurt, but three baby turkeys perished.