Benton County fire advisory and burn ban in effect

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Late Tuesday, April 13, the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for unseasonably high fire danger through the remainder of the week. There is currently an extended stretch of dry weather across southwest Washington and northwest Oregon leaving vegetation much drier than usual this time of year.

Dry winds have been blowing in from the coast and low humidity has increased the risk of fire spread. Another round of offshore winds are expected toward the end of the week, keeping fire danger elevated through the upcoming weekend. Humidity is expected to remain low and afternoon temperatures will also be above normal ranges. Extra caution has been advised through the upcoming weekend.

In addition, the Benton County Fire Defense Board suspended all outdoor burning in Benton County. Local fire departments in Benton County have issued those burn ban orders which will remain in effect until a significant weather change occurs.

For more information please visit the Oregon Department of Forestry’s public fire restrictions map at: https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/firerestrictions/PFR.html or visit your local fire department's website.