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Camp fires, fire pits added to outdoor burn ban


Citing continued hot and dry conditions, Gresham Fire and Emergency Services Fire Chief Scott Lewis on Wednesday, Aug. 14, expanded an already declared ban on outdoor burning to include recreational fires.

Since Tuesday, July 30, residents have been unable to burn yard debris, agricultural fires and outdoor fires with or without a permit in Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village and the unincorporated areas in Multnomah County Fire District 10.

Now, two weeks later, recreational campfires — including man-made fire pits and store-bought outdoor fireplaces — have been added to the ban, which includes fires in all campgrounds, parks and recreation areas in and around Oxbow Regional Park.

Outdoor barbecuing is still allowed. However, citizens should exercise extreme caution when using charcoal briquettes and open flames, Lewis said. Be sure to dispose of ashes in a metal container away from combustibles and to keep ashes wet for a few days before disposing of them.

Also, be sure to maintain at least ten feet between outdoor cooking areas and anything combustible such as siding, fences and shrubbery, he added.

Smokers are reminded to fully extinguish cigarettes when disposing of them, Rural residents are asked to monitor trees, shrubs and other vegetation growing around their homes to make sure there is a defensible space and access for firefighting equipment.

The ban will remain in place until rain provides enough moisture to significantly reduce fire danger.

Updated burning information is available at 503-618-3083. For additional information regarding current burning restrictions, call Gresham Fire and Emergency Services at 503-618-2355.