Burn ban lifted in Multnomah County


The Multnomah County Fire Defense Board has lifted the burn ban declared Sept. 8, affecting all cities and unincorporated areas of the county because extreme fire conditions have eased as temperatures have dropped.

'Lifting the burn ban allows camping and recreational fires to resume,' Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis said in a statement. 'I want to thank our residents for their cooperation and help keeping the communities in our county safe during this time.'

Burn bans are formally declared in Oregon on a county-by-county basis. The Clackamas County burn ban is still in effect.

Agricultural burning will only be permitted on Department of Environmental Quality-approved days. Backyard burning, which is decided on a local basis, is likely to open again Saturday, Oct. 1, for areas where it is permitted.

For more information, the public should contact their local fire department for specific requirements and prohibitions.

As of Thursday morning, Sept. 21, no new fires 20 acres or larger were reported during the past 24 hours on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. For information on wildfires across the state, visit nwccweb.us or inciweb.org.