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City requests no open burning

Resolutions asks public to not burn on bad air quality days

The Hillsboro City Council passed a resolution Tuesday that encourages Hillsboro residents to refrain from open burning, as well as burning wood in appliances that lack pollution control equipment, on days when an air advisory is issued by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Thursday's air qulity in Hillsboro is rated as "moderate" with an 74 on the Air Quality Index.

Due primarily to smoke from wood burning, the quality of the air in the city of Hillsboro is not meeting increasingly stringent federal standards. A DEQ air quality monitoring site near Hare Field has found excessive particulate matter in the air in two of the past three years.

Open burning — including agricultural burning, backyard burning and land clearing — contributes significantly to local air pollution as does burning wood in fireplaces and fire-burning appliances, particularly during the fall burn season. The Hillsboro Fire Department operates a City Burn Line, 503-681-6204, to share daily air quality notices from DEQ, including burn restrictions during periods of poor air quality. Local air quality information is also available at AirNow.gov, by clicking on Oregon on the map, then scrolling down the list of cities.

The city’s air quality discussion will continue in 2015, and residents are urged to sign up for air quality alerts at — wccca.com/PublicAlerts.

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