Emergency Management & Fire Defense Board urge fire caution this summer
The Clackamas County Fire Defense Board and Clackamas County Emergency Management wish to remind the public to use extreme caution while tending to open fires during this summer's unusually hot, dry weather.
Fire districts throughout the county have taken steps to address the increased threat. Backyard and agricultural burning is prohibited is many places, while recreational fires and campfires are allowed subject to the approvals and conditions set by local communities or fire districts. Some cities have instituted burn bans. For more on restrictions, please check with your individual fire district (full list below).
All residents are also encouraged to be especially careful 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 Clackamas County, Oregon. However, decades of aggressive fire suppression have caused fuel accumulation. Accumulation of fuels coupled with human activity increase wildfire hazard in Clackamas County. 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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