The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Clatsop County Fire Defense Board have declared fire season to begin at 1 a.m. Wednesday.

At that time all open debris burning will be forbidden, except burn barrels which will require a permit. The barrels will be required to be in good condition with heavy mesh screens, an available water supply and hand tools. Burn barrels will be allowed from daylight to 10 a.m. only.

Recreational fires will be allowed at designated campsites, personal residences, or beaches. Fires can be no closer than 50 feet from the dune grass and 15 feet from any structure. No fires are allowed in drift wood.

Additionally, recreational fires must be clear of all combustibles, such as brush or grass, five feet around the fire and 10 feet above.

The maximum fire size is three feet in diameter and two feet in height. Maximum fire pit size is four feet in diameter and must be at least 12 inches high.

Fires must be attended to at all times and be completely extinguished before leaving.

Fires may not be allowed during periods of extreme fire conditions, such as high winds, low humidity, and extended periods without moisture.

Permits are required for permanent or temporary recreational fires during regulated use closure.

For more information, contact your local fire department, or the Oregon Department of Forestry, at 503-325-7215 or 503-325-5451.

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