Summer Burn Ban

Burning Ban; Background image of fire

News Release

Multnomah County, OR

Multnomah Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis has issued an outdoor burn ban effective immediately in all areas of Multnomah County.

Multnomah County, OR – Multnomah County Fire Defense Board Chief Chris Barney has announced a burn ban for all areas of Multnomah County which will be implemented in phases over the next couple weeks. This phased in approach is intended to consider the County’s agricultural interests, as well as the Pacific Northwest Geographic Area Coordinating Center weather forecast for June and July.

The ban begins with backyard burning, which goes into effect Friday, June 16, 2023. The last day for agricultural burning (agricultural wastes, crops, field burning, etc.), and permitted open burning (land clearing, slash, stump, debris, or controlled burning) is June 30.

The complete Burn Band, that includes recreational campfires, fire pits, and any other open burning begins on July 6, 2023.

These dates may change due to worsening weather conditions.

The complete Burn Ban will remain in effect until further notice.

Check with your local Fire Department/District for more information. For updated information please call the burning information line at:

Outdoor barbecuing (grills, smokers, and similar cooking appliances with clean, dry firewood, briquettes, wood chips, pellets, propane, natural gas, or similar fuels) is still allowed; however, residents should exercise extreme caution. When using charcoal briquettes please properly dispose of ashes in a covered metal container away from combustibles, and keep the ashes wet for a few days before properly disposing of them. Maintain at least ten feet between outdoor cooking and anything combustible such as siding, fences, shrubbery, etc.

Smokers are reminded to ensure their cigarettes are truly out and placed in proper receptacles.

Those living in rural areas are asked to maintain their wildfire defensible space by monitoring vegetation growth surrounding homes and structures, and maintaining adequate access for firefighting equipment.

Contact Portland Fire & Rescue or your local fire department for additional information.

Source: Portland website