Due to the return of rain and cooler weather, the burn ban in effect for Multnomah County has been lifted. Outdoor recreational fires, campfires and fires in outdoor fireplaces or chiminea type devices are again allowed throughout Multnomah County.
Backyard and agricultural burning is never allowed in the city of Portland.
Multnomah Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis has issued an outdoor burn ban effective Wednesday, August 17, 2016, in all areas of Multnomah County. The burn ban has been issued due to forecasted high temperatures, limited rainfall and ongoing dry conditions. Portland residents should follow these provisions:
* No fires, including recreational
* BBQs in approved devices professionally designed and built for such use will be allowed, but not in any natural areas.
Future updates will be provided when the burn ban is lifted.
Be considerate of others this July 4th holiday weekend.
As the 4th of July holiday weekend approaches, Portland Fire & Rescue reminds you that Oregon law bans possession, use, or sale of any fireworks that fly, explode, travel more than one foot into the air or more than six feet on the ground.
New this year is an online form where Portlanders can file reports of illegal fireworks activity in the City of Portland: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/reportfireworks.
Additionally, during peak fireworks periods the phone number 503-823-BOOM (2666) will be activated and staffed by a limited number of PF&R firefighters working with emergency dispatchers. If you need to report an emergency such as an active fire or emergency medical problem, as always, call 9-1-1.
While the 503-823-BOOM line will never be able to respond to all the many thousands of calls that occur during peak hours over the July 4th holiday, having this specialized number helps by increasing the number of people who can receive calls and then dispatch enforcement officers. The fire and police teams that are dispatched during peak hours may issue citations and fines, as well as confiscate illegal fireworks. Most importantly, the 503-823-BOOM line diverts non-emergency calls away from 9-1-1 so that true emergencies can get through and be dispatched.
We hope that the addition of our online form will also provide a way to track illegal fireworks use. While filing a report will not automatically send out an enforcement team, it will allow us to see areas where we need to focus enforcement. This data will also be reviewed to identify areas in the city that have a high volume of illegal fireworks use so that we may increase education and enforcement efforts in the future.
The cost of citations for using or possessing illegal fireworks is significant: violators face steep fines starting at $500. Over the past five years, PF&R has issued 553 citations. In 2015, there were 19 fireworks-caused fires on July 4th alone, and 49 during the fireworks season of June 23 -- July 6th.
Please enjoy the weekend. PF&R asks that you be safe, legal, and considerate of your neighbors this July 4th holiday.
Community and members of the media invited
Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R), Oregon’s largest fire and emergency services provider, will soon have a new Fire Chief. Mike Myers will be sworn in as Chief of PF&R Thursday, June 30th at 11 AM in City Hall Council Chambers. Commissioner Dan Saltzman announced the selection of Mike Myers as Portland Fire & Rescue’s new Chief on May 16th, after conducting a national search to replace recently retired Chief Erin Janssens.
Chief Myers retired as the Fire Chief of the City of Las Vegas in 2013 after a 26-year career with the Department. Upon retirement, he spent time traveling with his wife before returning to work as Fire Chief for the City of St. Charles, Missouri.
“Portland Fire & Rescue is one of the most respected departments in the country and it is an absolute honor to have the opportunity to lead the fine men and women of this organization. My wife Tara and I find Portland to be completely aligned with our lifestyle. We look forward to interacting with and serving our new community,” stated Myers.
Commissioner Saltzman and the members of Portland Fire & Rescue would like to invite community and media to the swearing in of Chief Myers to Portland. Immediately following the ceremony there will be an opportunity for media to ask questions.
Keep your cool when the temperature rises
Weather forecasters are predicting temperatures nearing 100 degrees this weekend. When the mercury rises, so do assorted risk factors that can put you or your family in danger. Dial 2-1-1 or go to www.211info.org to find out if cooling centers are open and where the nearest one is located.
PF&R asks that you take some time to make sure you stay safe when it comes to window falls, heat-related illnesses, grilling, and water play during the hot weather season.
Dehydration occurs when water intake is less than water loss and symptoms range from mild to life-threatening. The young and the elderly are especially susceptible to dehydration.
*Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
*Don't drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar--these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
*Call 211 to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.
*NEVER leave people, children or pets in a parked vehicle. Even with a window cracked, pets and children can suffer heatstroke and die in a short period of time.
Find out more: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/571910
Window falls account for about eight deaths and 3,300 injuries among children 5 and younger each year. Here are some tips to avoid a tragic incident:
*An open window may pose a hazard to an unsupervised child. If you need ventilation, open windows that children can't reach.
*Don't rely on insect screens to prevent a fall. Insect screens are designed to provide ventilation while keeping insects out; they will not prevent a child's fall from a window.
*Keep furniture such as beds -- or anything children can climb -- away from windows. Children may use such objects as a climbing aid.
*Consider installing window guards that have easy release mechanisms that they do not impede emergency escape and rescue.
Find out more: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/294594
Firing up the grill in the summer is a national pastime. But every time you play with fire, you need to be careful.
* Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
* The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
* Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
* When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
Find out more: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/496696
Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death, yet the number of deaths by drowning could be reduced drastically if everyone would wear a personal flotation device. Our local swimming holes are often made up of water bodies fed by snow melt that makes them extremely dangerous.
Here are just a few tips to stay safe:
* Personal flotation devices should be worn at all times while on the water.
* State boating regulations require all boats to carry at least one U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device for every person on board. All children age 12 and under must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times while on boats, this includes sailboats, canoes, kayaks and rafts.
* Be careful jumping out of boats without knowing what is in the water, like rocks, current and the temperature of the water.
* If swimming in a lake, pond, or river, wade into the water feet first, never jump or dive.
Find out more: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/7030