Burn bans take effect in Multnomah, Clackamas counties

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Burn bans are in effect in several areas of the state as extremely dry and hot weather conditions continue.

With an impending record-shattering heatwave, various fire authorities have enacted burn bans that will last multiple days. In Clackamas County, a High Fire Danger Burn Ban took effect at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and will last until Thursday, July 1. Officials say this ban is critical.

Multnomah County has also issued an outdoor burn ban for all areas west of the Sandy River. It went into effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday as well and will be in place until further notice.

According to officials, the burn bans prohibits the following:

  • Backyard or open burning (yard debris, branches, etc.).
  • Agricultural burning (agricultural wastes, crops, etc.).
  • Any other land clearing, slash, stump, waste, debris, or controlled burning.

As a wildfire rages on, a burn ban on the Warm Springs Reservation is also in effect “until further notice,” according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It applies to all outdoor and agricultural burning with the exception of ceremonial and traditional fires.

The federal agency is also asking reservation residents to reduce other forms of air pollution, including driving and idling vehicles.

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