Thanks to recent rains, Gresham’s fire chief lifted a ban on outdoor fires on Friday, Sept. 6, allowing agricultural and recreational campfires and fire pits in Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village and the unincorporated areas in Multnomah County Fire District 10.

The ban was put into place on July 31 when hot dry weather created unsafe conditions for outdoor fires. It prohibited the burning of yard debris, agricultural fires and outdoor fires with or without a permit.

Two weeks later, Gresham Fire and Emergency Services Fire Chief Scott Lewis broadened the ban to include recreational campfires, which includes fires in all campgrounds, parks and recreation areas in and around Oxbow Regional Park.

The need for caution remains, even though the ban has been lifted.

Those who are barbecuing are advised to continue to 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 10 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.

Updated burning information is available at 503-618-3083. For more information, call 503-618-2355.

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