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Today the burn ban has been lifted for residents within the Gaston Rural Fire District.
1. You can only burn yard debris from your property. You cannot burn trash, lumber, or other materials. Burning is regulated by the DEQ and is allowed day to day based on air quality considerations from DEQ air tests.
2. You must attend your burn at all times, have a garden hose and shovel ready in case it gets out of hand, and put it out when you are done.
3. Just because you live in the rural area doesn't mean you qualify for agricultural burning. Ag burning is only for the removal of legally burnable debris from a for profit farming operation. Even agricultural burns are prohibited from burning tires, plastics, dead livestock, and dimensional lumber.
If you have additional questions, call the Gaston Fire Department at (503) 985-7575
With the Scoggins Creek Fire approaching full containment, Washington County officials plan to re-open Scoggins Valley Park at Hagg Lake at dawn Wednesday, September 24. The park had been closed since September 19 due to the Scoggins Creek Fire that had engulfed just over 200 acres of privately owned forest land. State officials plan to monitor conditions frequently throughout the remainder of fire season.
We have created a page for the ongoing information on the Scoggins Creek Fire. It contains updated news and information pertaining to the fire, news releases from Inciweb and the Department of Forestry, and a live map of the fire location and status.
NEW Fire Information Line: 503-846-2999
The Gaston Rural Fire District is moving its Board of Directors Meetings from the first Monday of the month to the second Monday effective July 1st. As such, our July Board Meeting will be held on the 14th of this month starting at 6:00 pm at the fire station, 102 E. Main St. These meetings are open to the public.