PRAIRIE CITY - The Grant County Fire Defense Board announced changes in local burning restrictions.

Due to changes in weather conditions the following regulations now apply on lands other than those protected by Oregon Department of Forestry:

The total ban on burning barrels within cities and rural fire protection districts within Grant County is lifted.

The following regulations now apply:

• Effective immediately, use of burning barrels is allowed from 6-10 a.m., if of a type described in your permit, if constantly attended, and if watered out.

• Burning barrel permits are now required and are available at your nearest city hall or through the Oregon Department of Forestry. These permits are free, self-certifying, designed to educate the public in fire prevention techniques, and designed to help your local fire protection agency by pinpointing the location of authorized burning devises. Burning barrel permits, and the conditions contained therein, apply year-round, unless rescinded due to dangerous burning conditions.   For regulations regarding other types of burning, you are urged to listen to announcements or contact your local city hall or fire official.

Fire Chief Jim Sullens advises the public to be extremely cautious with fire and asks residents not to burn when conditions could make your burning dangerous. Citizens will be held accountable while burning and could be held liable for any costs and/or damages which occur as a result of their fire.

In addition, the City of Prairie City and Prairie City Rural Fire Protection District announced that the total ban on burning in burn barrels is now lifted and open pile burning and yard debris burning is permitted, until further notice.

Free, self-certifying Burning Barrel Permits are now required and are available at Prairie City City Hall or through Oregon Department of Forestry. The permits are designed to educate the public in fire prevention techniques, and designed to help your local fire protection agency by pinpointing the location of authorized burning devises.

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