Multnomah Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis has issued an outdoor burn ban effective immediately on July 24, 2020 in all areas of Multnomah County.
This burn ban remains in effect until there is another post stating that is has been lifted.
A burn ban is issued due to forecasted high temperatures, limited rainfall, and on-going dry conditions.
The burn ban includes recreational campfires, fire pits, yard debris, agricultural burning and permits issued for open burning until further notice.
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 wildland interface 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 see the video here: https://vimeo.com/438725963/d69083b7ff