Board issues ban at regularly scheduled business meeting
Fireworks are banned in unincorporated Clackamas County through July 10 due to the increased risk of wildfire. The Board of County Commissioners issued the fireworks ban at their regularly scheduled business meeting Thursday, July 1.
Community members are reminded to only call 911 to report life threatening and fire emergencies.
Board Chair Tootie Smith offers the following statement on the ban:
“Our residents are still recovering from the fires that ravaged our community last Labor Day. We’ve already had one fire that evacuated homes in May. We cannot have another.
“The dry conditions and limited water supply puts Clackamas County at great risk for devastating wildfires. Any spark has the potential to destroy our community. As leaders, we must do everything in our normal course of businesses and in emergencies to protect our community from threats. That is why we placed a ban on fireworks this Fourth of July.
We appreciate the community’s understanding, cooperation and sacrifice as we work together to protect the place we call home.”
When to call 911
There are limited phone lines for emergency services. Please only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing an in-progress emergency and threatens life or is actively damaging your personal property. Calling 9-1-1 because you hear or see fireworks in the distance, at an unknown location, ties up these important lines and may delay emergency response to others in need.
The non-emergency line is 503-655-8211. Due to the high number of emergency calls on or near the 4th of July, callers to these lines may experience significantly delayed response.