Due to unusually dry conditions and high risk for fire danger, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury signed an emergency declaration banning the sale and use of all fireworks within the unincorporated areas of Multnomah County. The ban takes effect immediately and is in effect for 30 days. Cities within Multnomah County must pass the declaration individually.
“The difficult decision comes in response to record-breaking temperatures and dangerously dry conditions. We recognize that this ban may be disruptive to businesses and non-profit organizations that have been selling, or plan to sell, fireworks, as well as Fourth of July plans,” Chair Deborah Kafoury said. “The declaration is in place to protect the safety of Multnomah County residents and reduce the chances of devastating fires. We encourage residents to find alternative ways to celebrate.”
Any person who violates the declaration is subject to receiving a fine of up to $500.
“While the declaration does allow law enforcement agencies to issue penalties, Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies will be taking an education-first approach,” Sheriff Mike Reese said. “This holiday weekend, we will be increasing patrols in the communities we serve. We’re asking residents to celebrate responsibly and in compliance with the fireworks ban, so that we may all enjoy a safe and fire-free Fourth of July.”
To report fireworks use, file a report by calling the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333. Do not use the 9-1-1 line to report the use of fireworks. Only call 911 if there is a fire, or you think someone, or something, is in imminent danger. First responders anticipate a heavy call volume and will be prioritizing calls based on the level of threat and urgency.