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Why Are Field Burns Still Allowed During Oregon Wildfire Season?


The Department of Agriculture permits field burns under certain circumstances in the areas of the Willamette Valley.

The Department of Agriculture permits field burns under certain circumstances in the areas of the Willamette Valley.

Courtesy of John Merrell

While the nation’s top priority fire blazes in the Columbia River Gorge, open field burning rolls on as usual in the Willamette Valley.

Seventy-degree temperatures and low wind conditions allowed roughly 2,235 acres to burn on a number of grass and seed farms this week , said John Byers, program manager for the smoke management program at the Oregon Department of Agriculture. 

“Our intention is that we allow growers the ability to burn and we do the best we can to prevent smoke impacts on the general public,” Byers said. 

Open field burning, which is limited to 15,000 acres annually, is only allowed in the Silverton Hills. The burns are primarily located in Marion County and the northern section of Linn County.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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