Smoky skies that cast an apocalyptic orange hue over daily life — it’s a scene that Portlanders are sadly all too familiar with. With wildfires becoming more of a threat to our air quality, Multnomah County will phase in a summer burn ban to reduce any avoidable air pollution.
The first step is a backyard burn ban beginning Friday, June 16; use this map to check the restriction’s boundaries. Secondly, fire officials will introduce an agricultural burn ban on Friday, June 30. Finally, a complete ban — which includes campfires, fire pits, and other open burning — goes into effect Thursday, July 6. Weather could change these dates at any time.
Although barbecues and other outdoor cooking will be allowed, Portland Fire & Rescue strongly encourages keeping ashes wet for several days before discarding them in a covered metal container. Also, make sure that any grill is also at least 10 feet away from combustible materials like bushes or fencing.