Barbecues OK, Fire Board rules, but all other burn permits have been canceled.

FILE PHOTO - Wildfire flames whip around a corner next to a U.S. Highway.

Multnomah County has issued a burn ban encompassing all of Gresham and East Multnomah County.

The order prohibits camping fires, fire pits, burning yard debris, agricultural and farm fires. Those with open-burn permits will need to stop all burning activities until further notice.

Outdoor barbecues are still allowed, but fire officials recommend exercising extreme caution, including during the disposal of hot ashes.

According to a news release from Multnomah Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis, the burn ban was issued because of forecasts calling for high temperatures, limited rainfall and overall dry conditions.

People living in rural areas, who typically live farther away from emergency services, are encouraged to take proactive measures, like cutting back dead or drying foliage near structures, and providing a clear path for fire engines.

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

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