Outdoor barbequing is still allowed, though people should excercise extreme

OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Multnomah County issued a burn ban due to the increased risk caused by high temperatures. Multnomah Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis has issued an outdoor burn ban effective Friday, July 13, in all areas of Multnomah County.

The burn ban has been issued because of forecasted high temperatures, limited rainfall and ongoing dry conditions. The ban includes recreational campfires, fire pits, yard debris, agricultural burning and permits issued for open burning until further notice.

For East Multnomah County residents — Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview — contact 503-618-3083 for more information. Corbett residents should call the Corbett Fire District 14 at 503-695-2225.

Outdoor barbecuing is still allowed, though people should exercise extreme caution. When using charcoal briquettes properly dispose of ashes in a covered metal container away from combustibles and keep the ashes wet for a few days. Maintain at least 10 feet between outdoor cooking and anything combustible, like siding, fences or shrubbery.

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 defensible space by monitoring growth surrounding homes and structures, and to maintain adequate access for firefighting equipment.

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