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PF&R ISSUES IMMEDIATE BAN ON ALL FIREWORKS -- PLEASE DO NOT CALL 911 TO REPORT

Due to unusually hot temperatures and dry conditions, PF&R is announcing an immediate ban on the use of all legal and illegal fireworks. This difficult decision has been made recognizing that it will have a serious impact to those businesses dependent on the sale of fireworks and many of us who had plans to include fireworks with our July 4th 2021 celebration. PF&R Chief Sara Boone, along with her command staff and Commissioner-in-charge, Jo Ann Hardesty, carefully examined the impact recent weather conditions have had on our city and concluded that a ban on fire works is the right thing to do for the protection of our residents.

“If we don’t take this proactive step now, I fear the consequences could be devastating” said Chief Boone. “It is not easy to make a decision like this so close to our national holiday but as Fire Chief I feel I have a higher responsibility to sometimes make unpopular decisions during unprecedented times to protect life, property and the environment.”

Please do not call 911 to report fireworks use! It is very important that our 911 system be kept for reporting only active fires and serious medical problems. Your cooperation with this will save lives!

Fire Investigators will not be patrolling for fireworks use but are sending a strong warning that they will be INVESTIGATING ALL FIRES THAT HAVE A CONNECTION TO FIREWORKS. If your firework use is found as a cause, you will be held responsible. Fireworks use that causes injury or extensive damage can result in heavy fines and/or jail time.

Fire Marshal Permit Office Closure

Due to extreme heat, the Portland Fire Marshal’s Permit Office will be closed today, Monday, June 28, 2021.  We will return to our COVID-19 modified hours, Tuesday, June 29, 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Burn Ban Issued for Multnomah County Effective June 23, 2021

Multnomah Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis has issued an outdoor burn ban effective immediately in all areas of Multnomah County, West of the Sandy River.  The Ban goes in effect Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at 8:00 a.m.

The burn ban has been issued due to forecasted high temperatures, limited rainfall, and ongoing dry conditions.  

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 

INTERIM Burn Ban Lifted for Multnomah County Tuesday April 22, 2021

Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis has lifted the outdoor burn ban in all areas of Multnomah County.

The burn ban is lifted due to the recent rainfall and moderate temperatures, which has improved the moisture content of the local ground cover.

Recreational campfires, fire pits and agricultural burning is now permitted on DEQ-approved burn days.

Yard debris and open burning is still not permitted; the usual start date for these is on or around Oct. 1.

Check with your local fire department/district for more information. For updated information, call the burning information line at:

·         503-618-3083 for Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, Fire District 1

·         503-695-2225 for Corbett Fire District 14 

·         503-621-1242 for Sauvie Island District 30

·         General Information for Portland Fire & Rescue, 503-823-3700

INTERIM Burn Ban Issued for Multnomah County Tuesday April 13, 2021

UPDATE: As the unseasonably warmer temperatures, low humidity, and gusty winds continue, the Spring Burn season will remain closed through Wednesday, April 21, 2021 Conditions will be reevaluated on Thursday, April 22, 2021. 

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MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OR – 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