Windy, dry weather prompts outdoor burning bans
The three largest regional fire districts have banned most outdoor burning as May's hot weather and dry winds sweep across Portland-area counties.
The ban includes recreational campfires, fire pits, yard debris, agricultural burning and permits issued for open burning. Still allowed are most small backyard fire pits, barbecues and grills. Firefighters warned residents to be extra careful with fire pits as dry conditions persist.
The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning Thursday, May 9, because of hot, dry air and gusty winds. The sunny and warm weather is expected to continue until Tuesday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 15, when possible rain enters the forecast.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, whose district extends across most of Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas and Yamhill counties, announced its burn ban Wednesday, May 8. On May 9, Clackamas Fire District No. 1 and the Multnomah Fire Defense Board announced their bans.
Fire district officials said the burn ban could be re-evaluated in a few days as the hot weather fades.