POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon Department of Forestry has declared fire season to be in effect in the West Oregon Forest Protection District.
The declaration took effect at 1 a.m. July 2 and applies to the entire West Oregon District, which includes Polk, Benton and Lincoln counties, as well as the southwestern portion of Yamhill County.
Fire season imposes certain restrictions on activities in the forest. Logging operations, for example, are required to have a fire watch present after work activity ends for the day and fire suppression equipment must be on site.
Backyard burning of yard waste and other debris is also prohibited during fire season. A countywide burn ban, enforced by the Oregon Department of Forestry, Dallas Fire Department, SW Polk Rural Fire Protection District, Polk County Fire District No. 1, Amity Fire District and Sheridan Fire District, is also now in effect. It encompasses all agricultural burning without a special permit, backyard burning and general residential burning within burn barrels.
For more information: www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/ifpl.shtml.
Public lands aren't the only ones with restrictions.
Forest Capital Partners, LLC has closed all of its forest lands in Polk, Benton, Lincoln, Yamhill and Tillamook counties effective July 1. The lands will remain closed to all public entry, including walk-in, until after fire season is lifted by ODF. For more information on the Forest Capital closure: 503-838-1610.