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NEWS RELEASE 8/17/2012: Portland Fire & Rescue Portland Fire Marshal Declares Burning Ban


Due to extremely high temperatures, the Portland Fire Marshal has issued a total ban of all outdoor burning effective immediately. All outdoor burning including recreational fires are prohibited within the city of Portland beginning today, August 16th. This ban is based on weather conditions and community fire safety needs and will remain in effect until weather and fire danger conditions improve.

Citations may be issued to those who violate the outdoor burning ban.

Cooking outdoors in approved propane or charcoal barbecues is allowed during this total burning ban.

Recreational fires, campfires and fires in outdoor fireplaces or chiminea type devices are not allowed during this burning ban.

Future updates will be provided when the burn ban is lifted.


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August 18, 2012 at 7:47 AM

SO ins going to be nice today. will my guest at my BBQ tonight be-able to have smores cooked over a covered small fire pit (the all metal fredmyer type). will the ban be going for a few days? You said "effect until weather and fire danger conditions improve." what is better weather??? what is improved? today is an improvement from yesterday and 20f cooler... what are you guide lines in this statement... that's almost vague enough to say tell it snows....


Linsel Greene

August 20, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Are the recent weather reports indicating a cooling trend over the next month or so likely to effect the recent burn ban? Do we need to have actual rain in order to make outdoor burning safe again? If not, and the weather holds this sort of normal Pacific Northwestern summer, how long should we expect the ban to last?

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