HERMISTON — Umatilla County Fire District crews put out a structure fire north of Hermiston early Wednesday morning.

Crews responded to a manufactured home on Birtrand Street shortly before 6 a.m. and found heavy smoke emitting from it, and fire inside made worse by the wind. UCFD crews, as well as Umatilla Rural Fire Protection and Echo Rural Fire Department, fought the blaze.

Battalion Chief Jimmy Davis said the cause of the fire is still unknown, and there were no injuries.

He said the home could not be salvaged, and the estimated loss from the fire was about $60,000.

Non-agricultural burning is off limits effective at noon Wednesday in areas under the jurisdiction of Umatilla County.

Umatilla County Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 Wednesday morning to enact the annual ban. Gina Miller, county code enforcement director and smoke management committee liaison, told the board the ban is a safety issue.

The county has had a couple of big fires already in the Milton-Freewater area, one of which last week destroyed a large amount of wheat.

She said farmers can burn on days that are OK to burn, but that depends on the conditions.

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