Protect yourself from fire danger
Use caution with small recreational fires or fires in portable fireplaces by following these tips:
- Locate the fire a minimum of 25 feet from any structure. Additionally, prior to ignition, eliminate conditions that could cause fire to spread to a minimum of 25 feet from any combustible materials.
- The maximum dimensions of a woodpile shall be less than 2 feet high and less than 3 feet wide. (Larger fires are considered bonfires which have different rules and require permits from the fire department.)
- A fire should be attended at all times by an adult until completely extinguished.
- It is recommended to have a screen covering a fire pit to prevent embers from flying up in the air.
- It is not authorized to burn domestic rubbish, refuse or combustible waste such as paper, cartons, rags, lumber, oils, plastics, foliage, stubble, composition roofing or siding, rubber, or other objectionable materials.
Be sure to contact your local fire agency for more information!
Local Fire Agencies
- Aurora Fire District
- Boring Fire District # 59
- Bureau of Land Management
- Canby Fire District #62
- Clackamas Fire District #1
- Colton Fire District
- Estacada Rural Fire District #69
- Gladstone Fire District
- Gresham Fire and Emergency Services
- Hoodland Fire District #74
- Lake Oswego Fire Department
- Molalla Rural Fire Protection District #73
- Monitor Rural Fire District
- Oregon State Fire Marshal
- Portland Fire & Rescue
- Sandy Fire District #72
- Silverton Fire District
- Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
- United States Forest Service
Fires are a natural part of the forest ecosystem in the county. However, decades of aggressive fire suppression have caused fuel accumulation which, coupled with human activity, increases wildfire hazard. The exposure to wildfire hazards is also increasing, as recent population growth has spurred more residential development close to the forests in what is referred to as the wildland urban interface (WUI).
The majority of wildfires in Clackamas County are cause by humans. Debris burning is the number one cause of wildfires. Wildfires spread quickly, igniting brush, trees, and homes. Reduce your risk by preparing for wildfires now.
Because wildfires affect entire communities, Clackamas County recently completed Clackamas Community Wildfire Protection Plan If you are interested in bringing your neighbors together to develop a local community wildfire protection plan, please contact your local fire district.
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