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Multnomah County fire departments, districts declare summer burn ban

July 25, 2022

Multnomah Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis issued an outdoor burn ban effective immediately in all areas of Multnomah County due to forecasted high temperatures, limited rainfall, and ongoing dry conditions. The ban went into effect Monday, July 25.

The burn ban includes

  • recreational campfires
  • fire pits
  • yard debris (branches, yard debris, etc.)
  • agricultural burning (agricultural wastes, crops, field burning, etc.)
  • permits issued for open burning (other land clearing, slash, stump, debris, or controlled burning) until further notice

Check with your local fire department or district for more information.

Burn line numbers

For updated information, call these burning information lines:

  • Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, Fire District 10: 503-618-3083
  • Corbett Fire District 14: 503-695-222
  • Portland Fire and Rescue general information: 503-823-3700
  • Sauvie Island District 30: 503-621-1242

Outdoor barbecuing

Outdoor barbecuing (grills, smokers, and similar cooking appliances with clean, dry firewood, briquettes, wood chips, pellets, propane, natural gas, or similar fuels) is still allowed. However, residents should exercise extreme caution.

  • When using charcoal briquettes, properly dispose of ashes in a covered metal container away from combustibles. Keep the ashes wet for a few days before properly disposing of them.
  • Maintain at least 10 feet between outdoor cooking and anything combustible such as siding, fences, shrubbery, etc.
  • Smokers are reminded to make sure their cigarettes are truly out and placed in proper receptacles.

People 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.

For additional information, contact Gresham Fire and Emergency Services, 503-618-2355 or your local fire department. Read more about outdoor burning.