Allowable hours to burn will be based on information from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. (Photo by claudiodivizia via Canva)

The Benton County Fire Defense Board will lift burning restrictions and backyard/open burning on Monday morning, Philomath Fire & Rescue Deputy Fire Chief Rich Saalsaa announced.

The action comes after the region picked up needed rainfall late this week along with a wet forecast in the coming days.

On Friday, the Oregon Department of Forestry posted an announcement via social media that the West Oregon District will be ending fire season and public-use restrictions on Monday.

“The rain showed up as forecasted yesterday,” the announcement reads. “We didn’t receive as much rain as expected overnight, however, there are several storms lined up over the course of next week that will bring continuous moisture.”

In the case of the Benton County Fire Defense Board, allowable hours to burn will be based on information from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The board is made up of all county fire chiefs.

Saalsaa said Philomath Fire & Rescue will update that information on its burn line at 541-929-5903 each morning by 8:30. People can also check for that information directly on the DEQ website.

Saalsaa reminds the public that permits are required for any burning outside of commercial barbecue grills from Philomath Fire & Rescue — including backyard or open burning, agricultural burning and recreational fires. Permits, which are free, may be obtained online here or by calling the office at 541-360-0030 (weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Saalsaa said existing permit holder’s permits have been automatically adjusted to the new date. Instructions on safe burning are also available on Fire & Rescue’s website.