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Heat wave leads to burn bans in metro area

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The heat wave is leading to burn bans throughout the metro area.

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a fire weather watch for high temperatures, gusty winds and low relative humidity. The fire weather watch will be in effect from late Thursday night through late Friday night.

A burn ban was issued for all of Multnomah County on Wednesday. All recreational campfires are prohibited, as well as fire pits, yard debris burning and agricultural burning.

Outdoor grilling is still allowed in Multnomah County, but people are advised to use extreme caution, properly dispose of ashes from charcoal briquettes and maintain at least 10 feet between outdoor cooking and anything combustible like siding, fences and shrubbery.

A red flag warning was issued for Yamhill County and northwest Oregon on Thursday. All burning was prohibited, including camp fires, propane patio fire places, backyard burning, agricultural burning and recreational burning, as well as charcoal barbecues. Violators could face citations.

Clackamas Fire District #1 reported that a total burn ban was being imposed in Clackamas County with fire danger levels moving to extreme.

Recreational fires are prohibited in unincorporated Clark County, including all outdoor burning, campfires in fire pits and the use of charcoal briquettes in state forests, parks and lands protected by natural resources firefighters.

A similar statewide ban was imposed Wednesday by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

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