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Fireworks Ban and Wildfire Risks

  • Local fire officials are strongly discouraging using fireworks.
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Fireworks ban

Fireworks are banned in unincorporated Clackamas County. We realize this is a disappointment. Yet, conditions are prime for devastating fires like what we saw in Labor Day 2020. It can only take one spark to start a fire that could burn down a neighborhood or destroy an entire community. 

Please be safe this Fourth of July and do not use fireworks or do anything that can create a spark or fire.

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. 

Wildfire risks

Record-breaking heat and drought like conditions mean a high risk for wildfires. Wildfires are already burning in neighboring counties and the State of Oregon has issued a state of emergency due to imminent wildfire risk. 

Please do your part to reduce the risk of wildfires. Follow the fireworks ban and do not do anything that can cause a spark this Fourth of July. You can also help by clearing flammable vegetation and materials from the perimeter of your home, learning the evacuation levels and signing up for Public Alerts so you are notified in the event of a disaster. Visit our wildfires website to learn more.

Preparing your home to avoid wildfires

It’s important to prepare in order to limit or avoid damage to homes and structures due to wildfires.

Tips include:

  • Remove dead or overhanging branches. During the windy conditions that exist during a wildland fire, flames, sparks and firebrands could travel from the tree to the roof of this structure.
  • Remove leaf accumulation from your yard. Leaf accumulation provides fuel for a wildland fire.
  • Remove leaf clutter from your roof and gutters. During a wildland fire, leaves on the roof and/or in the gutters could be ignited by flying embers.
  • Remove tall, dry grasses. Tall, dry grasses provide a path for fire that can lead directly to a house.
  • Remove "ladder fuels". Prune tree limbs so the lowest is between 6' - 10' from the ground. Fire burning through tall, dry grass could ignite these limbs and climb to the top of the
  • tree with relative ease.
  • Check your generator and/or hose to be sure it is in good repair. Refuel garden equipment carefully. Yard equipment needs annual maintenance and proper fueling.
  • Hoses develop leaks and deteriorate with age and exposure. During wildland fire season, fuel your lawn mower properly --away from dry, flammable grasses.
  • Prune bushes and shrubs regularly. Remove excess growth as well as dead leaves and branches to decrease their flammability, and the threat they could pose during a wildland fire.
  • Dispose of cuttings and debris promptly, according to local regulations
  • Fireworks Local fire officials are strongly discouraging using or lighting fireworks during a heatwave or burn ban.

Sign-up for evacuation and other emergency notifications

We contact community members directly during a disaster to announce evacuations or other emergency information. Please sign up for these emergency notifications.