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Immediate Burn Ban Issued for Linn County Due to Extreme Fire Conditions

The Linn County Fire Defense Board, representing Albany, Lebanon, Sweet Home, Scio, Tangent, Brownsville, Halsey-Shedd, and Harrisburg, has issued an immediate burn ban.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect due to dry conditions, hot temperatures, and the threat of lightning strikes, all contributing to extreme fire behavior. As a result, the Fire Defense Board is prohibiting all open flames, including campfires, fire pits, and warming fires. However, gas grills are still permitted during this ban.

Many wildfires are human-caused, and we ask for your help in reducing the wildfire risk over the next several days. If you are using power equipment, such as mowers, weed trimmers, welders, and grinders, it is recommended to use them during the cooler early part of the day. Additionally, ensure you have a water source available when using gas-operated equipment. The burn ban will remain in effect until further notice.

For those residing in Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) jurisdictions, additional restrictions may apply. More information regarding ODF restrictions can be found at bit.ly/odfsouthcascade or bit.ly/odffirerestrictions.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our community safe.

County Chief's Message

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Chief Shane Wooton, Albany Fire Dept.

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Hello and welcome to the Linn County Fire Defense Board web page. I am Shane Wooton, Fire Chief of Albany Fire Department and have been serving as the Fire Defense Board Chief since Fall of 2021. The Fire Defense Board is comprised of local fire chiefs and chief officers who have authority to make decisions on behalf of a fire chief.

The Linn County Fire Defense Board is charged with several responsibilities. We must elect one chief or chief officer to serve a three year term as Fire Defense Board Chief, conduct semi-annual meetings, develop a fire district service plan to respond with mutual aid forces, maintain liaison with other agencies capable of augmenting or supporting firefighting resources and administer the State Mobilization Plan.

Our goal is to provide the best service to our patrons, assist our neighbors through mutual or automatic aid agreements, and to support the Oregon State Fire Marshal through the Conflagration Act. I am honored to work with such a strong group of professionals who are dedicated to serving our communities and aiding our neighbors.

Thank you for visiting our web page.  

Shane Wooton

Fire Chief
Albany Fire Department

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