- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Department of Forestry says fire season in the Northwest district begins Thursday.

The designation means forest operators and the public must take special precautions in ODF-protected forests in Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill counties.

For the general public, burning permits are required for open pile burning and burn barrels, and fireworks and sky lanterns are prohibited. A countywide ban on open pile burning is in effect in Tillamook County and all burning will be banned Aug. 1.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://is.gd/dN9yGL ) ODF declared fire season in Benton and Polk counties and part of Lincoln County on July 5. The rest of Lincoln County will be included in the Northwest district fire season that starts Thursday.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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