City of Salem Burn Ban Still in Effect

The City of Salem reminds residents that the Burn Ban is still in effect and will continue until at least August 22.  Weather conditions have been hot and dry and are predicted to remain so for the foreseeable future. Atmospheric conditions within the City of Salem are such that open burning and recreational fires pose a hazard to persons and property throughout the entire City of Salem area.

Pursuant to Salem Revised Code (SRC) 58.001 – 58.004 and the Oregon Fire Code 307.1.1the City of Salem is imposing a total ban on recreational fires and open burning, effective immediately and continuing until terminated by the Fire Code Official. Continue reading

Eye Safety During a Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun. On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will be visible (weather permitting) along a narrow band across all of North America. The whole continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours. Halfway through the event, anyone within the roughly 70-mile-wide path of “totality” will experience a brief total eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun’s bright face for just under two minutes, turning day into night and making visible the otherwise hidden solar corona — the sun’s outer atmosphere — one of nature’s most awesome sights. Bright stars and planets will become visible as well.

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.  Marion County and Salem are in this path.  Continue reading

Don’t Worry, You Too Can #SurviveTheEclipse

The debut of this summer’s blockbuster is August 21 and it is not a Hollywood movie. It’s the appearance of the total solar eclipse gracing Salem skies that Monday morning.

Because of the local rarity of the occurrence, Salem and the surrounding area will be experiencing a little eclipse mania. With visitors from all over the county and the world, we are going to be getting a little cozy with a lot of people! Continue reading