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Legal Fireworks Allowed, Common Sense Urged - 07/02/15
(Hillsboro, Oregon) Hillsboro residents will be allowed to ignite Oregon legal fireworks this July 4th according to Deputy Fire Chief Mark Prince. However, firefighters are urging everyone to use caution and to exercise good judgement and common sense during the hot, dry holiday weekend to avoid sparking devastating fires.

"We don't want to infringe on anyone's right to celebrate responsibly," Prince said. "We are urging everyone to voluntarily restrict or eliminate their use of fireworks due to the high fire danger and, instead, attend one of the many commercial or community fireworks displays around the metropolitan area," he added. If citizens must set off fireworks, Deputy Chief Prince urged the following:

* Ignite legal fireworks only on paved or cleared dirt surfaces
* Have a large bucket of water or a charged water hose nearby
* Dispose of spent fireworks in a bucket of water
* Closely supervise teens' use of fireworks
* Remember that even sparklers burn at 1,200-degrees

Parents are reminded that they are responsible for damages caused by their children through the misuse of legal fireworks or the use of illegal fireworks. Violators may be subject to fines and civil penalties. By city ordinance, use of fireworks in parks or on city property is prohibited.

Oregon law defines illegal fireworks as those that explode, fly through the air, shoot balls of fire, or travel across the ground more than six feet. Only legal fireworks may be sold at locations here in Hillsboro and across most of Oregon. Citizens who purchase fireworks from tribal retailers or from stands in Washington and return to Oregon may be violating the law.

You can find additional information about Oregon fireworks at the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/sfm/pages/licensing_fireworks_home.aspx. For additional information about local fire and life safety information, contact Hillsboro Fire & Rescue at 503-681-6166 or visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire.

Cruising Cop Calls in Pre-Dawn Fire and Alerts Recovery House Residents (Photo) - 06/23/15
Hillsboro, OR - Just before 3:00am this morning Hillsboro Fire Department Engine 5 was dispatched to a report of a residential fire at 30095 NW Evergreen Rd.

While patrolling the area of NW Evergreen and NW Glencoe Roads an on duty Hillsboro Police officer noticed smoke coming from a house on NW Evergreen. After reporting the fire to 9-1-1 dispatch, the officer began evacuating the residents of the Clean and Sober Recovery House.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the back of the house and flames shooting through the roof vents of the single level structure. All eleven residents and one dog were safely outside.

The firefighters on Engine 5 extinguished the fire on the exterior rear portion of the structure as additional crews attacked the fire that had extended up the outside wall and into the attic.

As fire crews worked to extinguish the fire, Washington County Sheriff's Officers contacted Tri-Met to provide immediate shelter for the eleven displaced residents while Hillsboro Fire Department Chaplains worked with The Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross to provide the residents with temporary housing.

Hillsboro Fire Investigators determined the cause of the fire was improperly disposed smoking materials at the designated smoking area near the rear entrance to the house. No damage estimate has been determined at this time.

Twenty-three Firefighters from Hillsboro Fire and Washington County Fire District 2 responded to the fire. No injuries were reported.

The Hillsboro Fire Department and Washington County Fire District 2 reminds everyone to make sure that all smoking materials are completely extinguished in an appropriate container. Don't allow ashtrays to be overfilled with cigarette butts as they may reignite as additional cigarettes are extinguished.

For more fire and life safety information, visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire

Burn Ban Initiated In Hillsboro & Countywide - 06/19/15
The warm, dry weather has prompted the issuance of a burn ban in the City of Hillsboro. In fact, the burn ban extends across all of Washington County. Hillsboro Fire and Rescue, in conjunction with the Washington County Fire Defense Board Chief and the Oregon Department of Forestry, have issued the ban on burning effective at 12:01 AM tomorrow, June 20, 2015.

A burn ban is declared each year based on weather conditions, moisture levels and the relative fire danger. It will remain in effect until further notice.

The Burn Ban includes:
* All backyard burning
* All agricultural burning
* Warming, ceremonial or religious fires or cooking fires outside of an approved pit or devise are restricted and may require an inspection and permit. Contact your local fire department for additional details.

The Burn Ban does NOT include the following:
* Recreational fires (e.g. Cooking fires within an approved fire pit or barbeque) Persons intending on using fire in this manner should use caution.

Backyard burning is regulated by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has been prohibited in Hillsboro since June 15th the end of the spring backyard burning season. Residents who violate the burn ban are subject to fines.

Additional information on burning within the city can be obtained from the Burn Line at 503-681-6204.
For more fire and life safety information, visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov or call 503-681-6166.