The Newport Fired Department announced a ban on recreational fires inside its service area effective as 10 a.m. on Wednesday Aug. 19.
Newport joins Oregon State Parks and Lincoln County Parks in prohibiting all open burning, including campfires in rings. The State Parks burn ban includes all Oregon beaches.
Fire danger remains extremely high, even in the normally-damp coastal areas. To compound the danger, most local fire agencies currently have resources deployed assist with fighting the many wildland fires active in eastern Oregon.
Lincoln County has sent out two task force groups in the past several weeks, and will probably be activated again in the coming days. The unusually high fire danger coupled with the reduced available firefighting resources make a complete ban on burning the right thing to do, according to a fire department press release.
For questions or more information about the burning ban, contact the Newport Fire Department at 541-265-9461