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Burn Ban Starts Monday In Most Oregon Counties

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This weekend is the last chance for backyard and open burning in many places in Oregon. Lane, Linn, Benton and Marion Counties have all declared June 15 as the last day.

Neil Miller is with the Oregon Department of Forestry. He says early this year, they considered starting the burn ban sooner than usual. But spring rains relieved their concerns about fire danger:

Miller: "As of now I think with the moisture we're getting currently I think we're fine with June 16th. That's going to give folks hopefully time to quit burning and get a little moisture on it and make sure those piles are out."

After Sunday, yard debris can be taken to wood recycling centers. Anyone burning during the ban may be cited or fined. Typically, burning restrictions end in mid-October. The exact date will depend on weather conditions.

Open burning season ended in Deschutes County on May 31st.

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