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Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Three Electrical-Related House Fires in One Week

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10/29/10 - Fire Press Release

Electrical Fire-Related 1Portland Fire Investigators have determined the cause of three residential fires that have occurred in the last week to be related to electrical problems.

Each year in the U.S., electrical problems cause 68,000 home fires and 500 deaths. A fire caused by a faulty electrical system or electrical issue can destroy a home and everything in it within minutes. Therefore, PF&R urges citizens to exercise caution when doing home remodeling work – especially when placing fasteners or nails near electrical wiring – and to consider having your home's electrical system inspected by a qualified professional when buying, selling, or renovating a home.

On October 20th, firefighters responded to reports of a residential fire at 8365 NE Thompson Street. Fire Investigators determined that the cause of the fire was due to a staple that was stapled too tightly against a Romex electrical wire, which caused it to overheat and catch on fire. Damage to the home is estimated at $25,000.

On October 22nd, firefighters responded to reports of a residential fire at 4647 SE 97thAvenue. The cause of this fire was determined to be from a nail that was driven through electrical conduit, which caused electrical arcing and the resulting fire. Damage is estimated at $5,000.

On October 24th, firefighters responded to reports of a residential fire in a vacant two story house at 855 NE Rosa Parks Way. A Fire Investigator determined that the fire started near the electrical panel. Damage is estimated at $30,000.

Electrical Fire-Related 2Portland Fire & Rescue reminds homeowners:

  • Not to overload extension cords or wall sockets
  • To replace worn, old, or damaged electrical cords right away
  • To call a licensed electrician if you have a burning smell coming from appliances,notice warm outlets or wall switches, have flickering lights, or see sparks coming from an outlet
  • That a residential electrical permit is needed from the City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services to:
    • Install, change or repair any hard-wired electrical system
    • Run additional wiring
    • Put in an additional electrical outlet or light fixture
    • Change your fuse box to circuit breakers
    • Install or alter low voltage systems such as security alarms, stereo,computer, or phone systems
    • For additional information on permits needed, or to apply for permits related to your home's electrical system online or at the Development Services Center, visit or call Residential Electrical Inspections at (503) 823-4735.

Contact: PIO Paul Corah 503-940-6003

Customer Advisory: Bureau of Development Services Holiday Closure Schedule

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11/4/10 - Press Release

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services


November 4, 2010

Contact: Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

(Portland, OR) Recognizing our business and community partners reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services is providing advance notice of its Holiday closure schedule. As we draw closer to some of these closure dates, additional notification will be provided.

Thursday, November 11, 2010 (Veterans' Day Holiday)

The Bureau of Development Services, as well as all City Offices, will be closed November 11, 2010 in observation of Veterans' Day.

Thursday, November 25, 2010 (Thanksgiving Day Holiday)

The Bureau of Development Services, as well as all City Offices, will be closed November 25, 2010 in celebration of Thanksgiving Day.

Friday, November 26, 2010 (Day after Thanksgiving Day Holiday)

The Bureau of Development Services, as well as all City Offices, will be closed November 26, 2010.

Friday, December 24, 2010 (Christmas Day Holiday, Observed)

The Bureau of Development Services, as well as all City Offices, will be closed December 24, 2010 in observation of Christmas Day.

December 27 thru December 30, 2010 (Week between Christmas and New Year's)

The Development Services Center (1st Floor) and Permitting Services (2nd Floor) will be closed December 27th through 30th. All other Bureau of Development Services Offices will be open and requested daily inspections will be performed.

Portland Bureau of Transportation parking permits (Temporary Use of the Public Right-of-Way) may be obtained from the Development Services Center (Tuesday through Thursday, 8:00AM to 3:00PM) during this period of time by calling 503.823.7365 for assistance.

Friday, December 31, 2010 (New Year's Day 2011 Holiday, Observed)

The Bureau of Development Services, as well as all City Offices, will be closed December 31, 2010 in observation of New Year's Day 2011.

Access to the Portland State University Underground Parking Garage located below the Development Services Center will be limited to monthly parking pass holders only on the following dates: November 11, November 25 & 26, December 18 thru 26 and December 31 & January 1, 2011. There are three commercial surface parking lots within a block of the 1900 Building - one directly across SW 4th Ave. and two at the intersection of SW 4th Ave. & SW Harrison St. - as well as metered on-street parking.


24th Annual Fix-It Fair Season

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Fix-It Fair is presented by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in partnership with other City bureaus, Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Portland General Electric and the Portland Housing Bureau.

Now in its 23rd year, Fix-It Fair is a FREE event designed to help Portland residents save money, live healthier and connect to valuable resources. Fix-It Fair offers day-long exhibits, hourly how-to classes and free giveaways. Three fairs are held each winter season at various locations around the city. The two remaining Fairs are:Fix-It Fair crowd

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Ron Russell Middle School

3955 SE 112th Avenue
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, January 22, 2011
Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver Street
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Jefferson High School
5210 N Kerby Avenue
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Day long exhibits and hourly workshops provide information and resources for:

  • water & energy savings,
  • home & personal health,
  • food & nutrition,
  • community resources,
  • recycling & yard care,
  • lead blood testing (Parkrose only)
  • much more!

Free lunch and childcare provided.

Questions? (503) 823-4309 | |


Proposed Administrative Rule for Public Trails

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Proposed Administrative Rule for Public Trail ExtractionsThe Bureau of Development Services will hold a public meeting on December 16, 2010, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, to invite public comment on proposed Administrative Rules related to public trails. The meeting will be held at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 B, Portland, Oregon.

The Administrative Rules are in response to the recently adopted River Plan / North Reach legislative project, which included amendments to Zoning Chapter 33.272, Public Trails. The adopted code language clarifies that public trail improvements will be required only when application of the regulations is determined to be logically related and roughly proportional to the impacts of proposed development.

The purpose of the Administrative Rule is to outline the formula that the Bureau of Development Services will use during building permit review to make a determination of rough proportionality. Copies of the proposed rule may be obtained in the BDS Development Services Center, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201, or online at

More information about the adopted trail requirements can be viewed at Please direct question or comments to Douglas Hardy at 503-823-7816, or via email at