Clackamas Fire District #1 fire officials have issued a total outdoor burn ban for all areas within the 235-square-mile fire district and moved the fire danger level to extreme, beginning 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1.
The burn ban was issued due to high temperatures, extremely dry conditions and lack of any recent rainfall. The fire district will likely stay in a total burn ban until the end of fire season and conditions change, said Deputy Chief Doug Whiteley.
The ban includes recreational campfires, fire pits, yard debris and agricultural burning. Fire district officials won't be issuing any burn permits until further notice.
People living in rural areas are encouraged to takes steps to protect their homes and structures by maintaining defensible space from any vegetation. Additionally they should ensure adequate access on their property to firefighting equipment, district officials said.
Smokers should ensure cigarettes are completely extinguished and thrown away in proper receptacles. Unlawful outdoor fires during a declared fire district-wide burn ban are deemed a hazard to public safety and could result in a fire-district response, fire extinguishment and invoicing of cost recovery fees for fire-district actions taken.
For updated information, people can call the Fire Marshal's Office at 503-742-2660 or visit clackamasfire.com.