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The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners decided to lift the nonagricultural burn ban today. 

The announcement at noon today includes the unincorporated areas of the county, but does not include land under Oregon, U.S. government, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and fire district jurisdictions.

Those wishing to burn must check for daily decisions on the Umatilla County website or by calling 541-278-6397. Determinations also are available at Umatilla County Smoke Management’s Facebook page.

Burning in the unincorporated areas and outside fire districts requires a permit. Call 541-78-6252 or visit umatillacounty.net for applications.

Umatilla County’s permitting jurisdiction includes all agricultural field burning more than 2 acres and all orchards, with the Smoke Management Ordinance. The county also has jurisdiction of residential burns outside of fire districts. Rural Fire Protection Districts, or taxed, have jurisdiction in their districts for residential burns less than 2 acres, burn barrels and others, as well as fire protection, including permits.

For more information, call 541-278-6252, or after 5 p.m., 541-966-3651.

Image: Sproston Green via Flickr; unedited

Emily Thornton can be reached at emilythornton@wwub.com or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.

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