Unseasonaby Dry Weather in Portland Poses High Fire Danger for 4th of July (Photo)
On Sunday, July 1, Portland Fire & Rescue responded to four brush fires is excess of 100 ft. x 100 ft. (see list below) in one day. As we head into the July 4th holiday, it is extremely important that all members of our community are aware of the critical fire danger we are facing in the city and surrounding areas. Due to an unseasonably dry spring, the Pacific Northwest is experiencing high fire danger and the sort of wildfires that we would normally not see until the middle of August. Combined with the risk posed by fireworks over the next few days, all members of our community must be vigilant and understand this risk.
If you set off fireworks near dry grass of brush, you will ignite a brush fire… period. If you set off fireworks that you cannot control or predict (aerials & travelling fireworks purchased out of state) there is a very high probability you will start a building or brush fire. Aerials pose an extremely high risk to buildings because they can land on roofs, roll into the gutters, and ignite dried leaves and pine needles that eventually ignite the roof. The slag (flaming pieces) from aerials are still hot enough to ignite a grass or brush fire when they fall back to the ground, even though you can no longer see them burning.
Fireworks purchased in Oregon are legal in Oregon. Aerials and travelling fireworks purchased out of state are NOT LEGAL IN OREGON. The use of illegal fireworks in Oregon can result in a $500 fine for possession or use, and a $1000 fine for creating an eminent danger to life or property. Violators will also face confiscation of all illegal fireworks, all additional costs incurred through damage or destruction of property, and reimbursement for the cost of firefighting forces. The judgment levied against the youth responsible for starting the Eagle Creek fire with fireworks last year was settled at $36.6 MILLION ***DO NOT CAUSE THE LOSS, IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD THE COST!!***
PREVIOUS 4TH OF JULY STATISTICS FOR CITY OF PORTLAND
Year Total Loss # of Incidents Injuries
2014 $128,595 22 0
2015 $299,872 41 1
2016 $37,962 30 1
2017 $121,167 44 1
JULY 1, 2018 BRUSH FIRES
2:45pm 6000 Block of NW Front Ave.
6:10pm 2900 Block of N. Willamette Blvd.
6:33pm 8000 Block of N. Kelley Point Park Rd.
8:55pm 3300 Block of N. Hayden Is. Dr.
LINK TO FIREWORKS EDUCATION VIDEO:
Posted on Mon, 02 Jul 2018 20:30:10 GMT