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Sometimes there is nothing more relaxing than sitting around a small campfire on a summer evening. However, because it does pose a fire danger, it is important to be safe while having recreational fires.
Portland Fire and Rescue (PF&R) has received many questions from citizens on what constitutes a safe fire and what is and isn’t legal when dealing with recreational fires. It is important to know these requirements so outdoor burning can remain safe and enjoyable.
There are a few types of outdoor burning that is legal within Portland city limits. This includes cooking with standard barbecue equipment, ceremonial fires for large gatherings or institutions (with a permit from the Fire Marshal) and recreational fires. This is defined as burning clean, dry, cord type firewood as in a standard campfire setting. The fire must be less than 3 feet in diameter with pile less than 2 feet in height. These recreational files shall be no closer than 25 feet from a structure, this includes decks. In addition, a responsible person should be in attendance at all times with a garden hose with nozzle that is turned on and ready to go – this can serve as the best fire extinguisher!
Improper use of outdoor burning equipment does cause a significant amount of fires each summer. With this in mind, PF&R reminds you to please be safe while enjoying these fires.
Click here to learn more about agricultural open burning, ceremonial burning, domestic open burning, and recreational burning. If you have further questions, feel free to contact Portland Fire & Rescue at (503) 823-3700.
Blog courtesy of Jessica Budge, one of PF&R's Superstar Summer Interns!
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