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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
In a time when the effects of the pandemic on local economies continue to be felt, the success of PF&R’s grant-writing team in securing important funds to support the bureau’s mission to protect our region is all that more important.
Since September 2019, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) has been awarded $2,355,612 in federal funding in areas ranging from firefighter wellness to community risk reduction to emergency response training. In a time when the effects of the pandemic on local economies continue to be felt, the success of PF&R’s grant-writing team in securing important funds to support the bureau’s mission to protect our region is all that more important.
“As an emergency response organization, we do not have the option to fail. At a time when General Fund dollars and budgets are constrained, we are always looking at other ways to finance critical programs. In order to respond to emergencies large and small, our effectiveness depends on our PPE, our equipment, our training, and our preparation. Our long-range planning fuels our successful grant program,” says Fire Chief Sara Boone. “I want to especially thank Trisha Schultz and Michael Wong, our grant writing team that collaborated with other PF&R personnel to identify and apply for grants that work toward supporting our highest mission of protecting life, property and the environment.”
The winning grants, funded on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are listed below:
2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG):
2019 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grant
2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - COVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S)
Total grant dollars: $2,355,612
Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis has lifted the outdoor burn ban in all areas of Multnomah County on Oct. 8, 2020
Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis has lifted the outdoor burn ban in all areas of Multnomah County on Oct. 8, 2020. The burn ban has been lifted due to the cooler overnight temperatures, increase in nighttime moisture, and anticipated rainfall, which has improved the moisture content of the local ground cover.
With the recent wildfires throughout Oregon, make sure outdoor burning is conducted with safety at the forefront.
Recreational campfires and fire pits are now permitted. Yard debris and open burning is not permitted in the City of Portland.
There are air quality burn bans that can still be put in effect in the Portland area by the Multnomah County Health Department. You can check the air quality/burning status here: https://multco.us/health/staying-healthy/winter-wood-burning-restrictions.
Remember: regardless of a burn ban status, please take care with recreational fires.
Some safety information about legal, recreational fires:
1. A recreational fire located in a pit shall be no closer than 25 feet from a structure. Fires contained in fireplace-type receptacles or chimeneas shall be no closer than 15 feet from a structure or the distance listed in the manufacture’s instruction, whichever is less. When required by the Fire Marshal, outdoor burning device stacks shall be equipped with a spark-arresting, 12-gauge wire mesh screen with openings of not less than 3/8” nor more than 1/2”.
2. A responsible person shall be in attendance at all times and have approved fire-extinguishing equipment close at hand.
3. No garbage or similar material is to be burned in these fires.
4. Observe common safety practices while enjoying the recreational fire, e.g. cease burning if the wind picks up to 15 mph or higher, be careful with the consumption of alcohol by any persons around the fire, watch small children in the vicinity, etc.
More information about outside burning: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/405003
PF&R is serving up a generous helping of kitchen fire safety tips for Fire Prevention Week
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
Fire Prevention Week was established in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The incident killed nearly 300 people, destroyed thousands of structures, and left 100,000 people homeless. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country.
Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States, so this year’s Fire Prevention Week (October 4th – 10th) theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen, and scald burns from hot liquids are the second leading cause of all burn injuries. A few simple but effective actions can be taken to keep your loved ones safe in the kitchen.
• Stay focused on the food when cooking – unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen.
• Put a lid on it – a simple step when a stove top fire gets out of control.
• Keep cooking areas clear – remove clutter and give cooking appliances space.
• Prevent scalds and burns – turn pot handles in and keep them away from counter edges.
For more information on how to serve up safety in the kitchen, check out our tips on Cooking Safely.
September is National Preparedness Month
Are you prepared for the unexpected? See how our firefighters prepare at the station in case of an emergency such as an earthquake.