PORTLAND – A burn ban has been issued for all of Multnomah County due to extreme hot and dry conditions.
Authorities said fires could easily spark in thick brush during this week’s local heat wave, so they want to take precautions.
Portland Fire & Rescue crews said they planned to canvas the West Hills Thursday, among other areas, to warn residents about the extreme fire danger.
The burn ban went into effect at 8 a.m. and was scheduled to last “until further notice.”
The ban applies to the cities of Portland, Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale, Wood Village as well as Corbett, Sauvie Island and all unincorporated areas of Multnomah County.
Anyone found to have an open fire during this burn ban could be issued a citation or warning for this violation.
"A Burn Ban is declared at a time of year when fires are most likely to start, spread rapidly and require fire control," said Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis.
Firefighters were also urging residents to be especially careful when smoking outside.
"Please properly dispose of cigarettes in a container of water or sand and never put them out in landscaping or put them onto the ground," said Lt. Paul Corah with Portland Fire & Rescue.
KGW Meteorologists forecast the possibility of record high temperatures every day through Sunday.
More: Record heat forecast
The combination of the potential for record heat and increasing wind let Clackamas County to issue an emergency declaration Wednesday. County officials were concerned that homes in the Lolo Pass could be threatened by the Dollar Lake fire on Mt. Hood.
Details: Clackamas Co. emergency declaration