Fire season began in Clatsop County at 1 a.m. today according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. Fire season is declared each year when hazards exist.

For all lands in Clatsop County, open debris burning will not be allowed July 1 through October 15.

Burn permits are obtained through the Oregon Department of Forestry, rural fire protection districts or the local city fire department, depending on the residential location.

Rural residents may only use metal barrels in good condition and heavy mesh screens with holes no larger than one-quarter of an inch. A charged water supply and handtool are also required.

Loggers and other commercial forest operators will need to meet watchman service, fire equipment and other requirements specified in Oregon forest law.

The Department of Forestry and local rural fire departments will make a special effort to reduce the number of fires resulting from debris burns. Escaped debris burns are one of the leading causes of wildlife in Clatsop County.

For recorded information about fire season requirements, call 325-7215. To request a burning permit, or obtain additional information, call 325-5451.

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