Banks – A smell of smoke, visible pall of haze hanging in the sky – sure signs of a wildfire, yes, but not in Washington County, according to a tweet this morning from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.
The haze and smoky smell outside today is from wildfires burning in Canada. There is no need for 911 calls to report it.
— Forest Grove Fire (@ForestGroveFire) August 2, 2017
According to Dave Nemeyer, a spokesperson for Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, there have been no calls yet this morning from citizens reporting a wildfire, but he hopes the message about the wildfires in Canada will stave off the inevitable calls from concerned citizens. “We’re learning to get ahead of it,” he says.
As of the time of this article being published, however, Banks Fire District was investigating a source of smoke between Manning and Hayward. According to Banks Fire District staff, they’ve received a few calls about the visible smoke from the Canadian and Washington fires.
The coast range and surrounding areas remain under extremely high fire danger, with certain logging and timber operation activities restricted by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Sources and more information:
Dave Nemeyer, Public Information Officer with Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.
Banks Fire Department Staff.
Previous article about fire hazard.
British Columbia fire information.
Notice from Oregon Department of Forestry regarding logging and timber operations.