FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 13, 2021
Multnomah Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis has issued an outdoor burn ban effective immediately in all areas of Multnomah County.
Due to higher winds, higher temperatures, and low humidity, the Spring Burn season is closed beginning Tuesday, April 13, 2021 through Monday, April 19, 2021. Conditions will be reevaluated on Monday, April 19, 2021.
The burn ban includes recreational campfires, fire pits, yard debris, agricultural burning and permits issued for open burning until further notice. Check with your local Fire Department/District for more information. For updated information please call the burning information line at:
--503-618-3083 for Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, Fire District 10
--503-695-2225 for Corbett Fire District 14
--503-621-1242 for Sauvie Island District 30
--503-823-3700 for Portland Fire & Rescue general information
Outdoor barbecuing is still allowed; however, residents should exercise extreme caution. When using charcoal briquettes please properly dispose of ashes in a covered metal container away from combustibles, and keep the ashes wet for a few days before properly disposing of them. Maintain at least ten feet between outdoor cooking and anything combustible such as siding, fences, shrubbery, etc.
Smokers are reminded to ensure their cigarettes are truly out and placed in proper receptacles.
Those living in rural areas are asked to maintain their defensible space by monitoring growth surrounding homes and structures, and to maintain adequate access for firefighting equipment.
Portland Fire & Rescue created a video that explains the burn ban and you can watch it here: https://vimeo.com/438725963/d69083b7ff