The Oregon Department of Forestry and cooperating fire agencies in Clatsop County will implement a ban on all open pile debris burning starting Friday and running through Oct. 15. Despite above-average rainfall in late spring, officials caution that fire danger can come on quickly this time of year.

Open pile debris burns pose a risk of escape. Homeowners may neglect piles and leave debris unattended. As weather improves, piles can flare up and the fire spread, requiring immediate action.

Fire agencies have authority to enforce the debris burning ban. Violators of the ban risk being cited and paying court-levied fines, in addition to the possibility of paying firefighting costs.

More information on the Clatsop County open debris burning ban, as well as advice on safe disposal of debris, may be obtained from the Department of Forestry's Astoria office, 325-5451, or local fire departments.

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