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Burn season opens March 1

The Mill City Volunteer Firemen is reminding everyone that the backyard burn season opens March 1. 

Only backyard materials, for example trimmings from around your yard, are permitted to be burned. Household garbage, plastics, tires and tree stumps are not allowed.

For information on what days are burn days and the hours to burn, call 1-877-982-0011. Burn information is updated every morning by 8 a.m. 

If you see illegal burning, do not call 911, call the Department of Environmental Quality at 503-378 -5408 and someone will come out and take care of the issue. Your local fire department has no control over open burning, and cannot do anything about it,

DEQ has to be called to get anything done.

Be aware of your neighbors before you burn. Many people have health issues that heavy smoke can aggravate. Be a good neighbor and go look before you call in a fire. There  may times the smoke appears to be coming from the house or garage, when, in fact, it is just a burn pile behind the home.

Before burning, remember to call to see if it is a burn day and the hours that you can burn. Make sure you have a water source available in case the fire gets out of control. You may have to break up your pile and burn smaller piles to keep it under control. 

If your fire spreads to another property, you are liable for all damages that may occur. 

Firefighters ask that you be sure before you strike that match that you have the situation under control. 

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