PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Portland Fire & Rescue has issued an immediate ban on the use of all fireworks ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The ban is due to unusually hot temperatures and dry conditions. Portland experienced record-breaking temperatures over the past three days, with temperatures on Monday reaching 116 degrees.
"This difficult decision has been made recognizing that it will have a serious impact to those businesses dependent on the sale of fireworks and many of us who had plans to include fireworks with our July 4th 2021 celebration," PF&R said Tuesday in a statement.
PF&R says Chief Sara Boone, along with her command staff and Commissioner-in-charge, Jo Ann Hardesty, carefully examined the impact recent weather conditions have had on the city and concluded that a ban on fireworks is the right thing to do for the protection of all residents.
"If we don’t take this proactive step now, I fear the consequences could be devastating," said Chief Boone. "It is not easy to make a decision like this so close to our national holiday but as Fire Chief I feel I have a higher responsibility to sometimes make unpopular decisions during unprecedented times to protect life, property and the environment."
PF&R is asking to the public to not call 911 to report fireworks use. They say it's very important that the 911 system be kept for reporting only active fires and serious medical problems. PF&R also said that fire investigators will not be patrolling for fireworks use but will be investigating all fires that have a connection to fireworks. If someone's firework is found as a cause, they will be held responsible, according to PF&R.