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Malheur County burn ban to lift Friday, Oct. 1

Vale's new fire danger sign indicated a 'HIGH' rating on June 9, 2021 as temperatures rose and fields dried out. But since then, the danger has been reduced. (The Enterprise/Angelina Katsanis)

ONTARIO – Get out your fire rings and your burn barrels – the summer’s burn ban will be lifted this Friday, Oct. 1. 

The ban is coming to an end because of cooler weather and recent rains, said Terry Leighton, Malheur County Fire Defense Board chief. Leighton is also the fire chief in Ontario.  

“I have spoken with the other fire chiefs in the county and the BLM officials and Sheriff Wolfe and we all agree that the conditions are now at a level that we can remove the ban,” said Leighton. “Burn permits will still be necessary in those areas where . . .