Burn bans lifted in Multnomah, Washington counties


Normal residential yard debris burning is still banned in both counties

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Burn bans in Multnomah and Washington counties were lifted Thursday.

The Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis officially lifted the Multnomah County outdoor burn ban on Thursday morning.

Fire departments in Washington County lifted the ban on agricultural and forestry burning Thursday afternoon.

The announcements come after a rainy week lowered the fire risk in the region. More rain is forecasted in the coming days.

Residents in both counties can now return to using campfires, fire pits and agriculture burns on approved days. Agricultural burning is for properties that create revenue, like farms, nurseries and orchards. Rural properties do not fall under this category.

Yard debris and open burning are still not permitted, but the typical start date for those is around early October.

A burn ban could be put back in place if conditions change.

Check with your local fire jurisdiction for more information and updates.

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