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Burn Ban Lifted September 12, 2019 - 09/13/19

Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis has lifted the outdoor burn ban in all areas of Multnomah County.

The burn ban is lifted due to the recent rainfall and moderate temperatures, which has improved the moisture content of the local ground cover.

Recreational campfires, fire pits and agricultural burning is now permitted on DEQ-approved burn days.

Yard debris and open burning is still not permitted; the usual start date for these is on or around Oct. 1.

Check with your local fire department/district for more information. For updated information, call the burning information line at:

  • 503-618-3083 for Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, Fire District 1
  • 503-695-2225 for Corbett Fire District 14 
  • 503-621-1242 for Sauvie Island District 30
  • General Information for Portland Fire & Rescue, 503-823-3700

Portland Fire and Rescue Arrests suspect Wanted by Multnomah County Sheriff's office - 09/13/19


On Thursday, September 12th, the Portland Fire Arson Unit arrested Joshua Robert Jackson, age 23.  Jackson was also wanted in connection to 2 break-in’s in the Troutdale area. On September 11th, at approximately 4 pm Portland Fire crews were dispatched on the report of a house on fire at 725 NE Jessup St. Fire crews and the fire investigator on scene determined early on that this was an arson fire. The Fire Investigations Unit identified a suspect in the case and learned that the suspect was Jackson. On September 12th, a good samaritan saw Jackson in the Hayden Island area and recognized him from a news story that he had seen about the Troutdale break-in’s and called police. Portland Police officers arrived on scene and he was taken in to custody. Jackson is being charged with Arson 1, Burglary 1, Burglary 2, and Criminal Mischief 2.


Portland Fire & Rescue, Red Cross Teaming Up Again for Sept. 11 Memorial Blood Drive (Photo) - 09/09/19

Portland Fire & Rescue and the American Red Cross are joining together for the sixth consecutive year for a Sept. 11 Memorial Blood Drive to honor those lost during the 2001 terrorist attacks. The annual Portland Fire & Rescue Blood Drive will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at Station 1, 55 SW Ash St.

The blood drive is open to the public and members of the community are encouraged to roll up a sleeve to join Portland firefighters in donating blood in honor of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives on September 11th.

Portland Fire & Rescue kicked off the blood drive because the bureau wanted to offer an avenue of action for those marking this solemn day that has deep significance for first responders.

“For the past six years, Portland Fire & Rescue has hosted a September 11 blood drive because we wanted to offer an avenue of action for people to acknowledge this day of deep significance for first responders. On September 11th 2001, our nation’s resilience was tested,” says Fire Chief Sara Boone. “One way to honor the selfless acts of police, fire, and countless community members is to join together to strengthen our emergency resources. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and one donation can potentially save up to three lives. Please join us at Station 1 on September 11th to roll up your sleeve to donate if you are able.”

Fire Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty encourages those who are able to sign up to donate blood.

"Our first responders train to face worst case scenarios and their bravery on September 11, 2001 cannot be overstated,” says Hardesty. “As fire commissioner, I see our first responders here in Portland always ready and responsive. We as a community we can do our part to make sure we have plenty of lifesaving blood on hand. Please sign up to give blood on September 11th at Station 1."

Donors of all blood types - especially O negative, A negative and B negative - are needed. The Red Cross encourages donors to schedule their appointments in advance, but walk-ins also are welcome.

“We appreciate Portland Fire & Rescue responding to the call to help patients in need year after year,” said Amie Rawson, director of Donor Recruitment for the Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. “The annual Sept. 11 Memorial Blood Drive offers a way for area residents to support these local heroes and help save a life by giving blood.”

What: September 11 Memorial Blood Drive
When: Wednesday, September 11, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Where: Portland Fire & Rescue Station 1, 55 SW Ash Street
Sign up: www.redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code PortlandFire or call 1-800-REDCROSS


Portland Firefighters Association Honors 18th Anniversary Of 9/11 With Public Ceremony - 09/09/19

This year marks the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center site, Shanksville, Pa. and at the Pentagon.

Portland Firefighters Association, Portland Fire & Rescue, surrounding communities and family members will come together for a public ceremony Wednesday, September 11th, at 11:00 a.m., at the Eastbank Esplanade, SE 5 Madison St. near Fire Station 21, honoring fallen heroes of 9/11.

“Our members believe it’s our duty and honor every year to pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives eighteen years ago trying to save others, “ says Alan Ferschweiler, president of the Portland Firefighters Association.  

Three hundred forty-three New York firefighters died that dreadful day in 2001. “We will plan to honor those who died and thank all fire fighters and first responders who serve every day in our own communities,” said Ferschweiler.   

Portland Firefighters Association along with Portland Fire & Rescue supports efforts to build to the David Campbell Memorial. The new memorial is named after Fire Chief David Campbell. Chief Campbell lost his life in the Standard Oil Building fire on June 26, 1911 while ensuring his firefighters were safe. Campbell was such an iconic figure his funeral procession was witnessed by over 150,000 citizens.

To date, thirty-six Portland firefighters have died in the line of duty.  Thirty-seven more have died of service-connected diseases, like the cancers that firefighters develop at a greatly elevated rate.  The David Campbell Memorial will be built on the Eastbank Esplanade, adjacent to Fire Station 21 and the Hawthorne Bridge. The new memorial will honor fallen Portland firefighters. Past and present Portland firefighters have donated over $100,000 and the foundation is now seeking public support to move forward with construction.
For more information on THE DAVID CAMPBELL MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION and images of the new site, please go to: http://davidcampbellmemorial.org

Portland Fire Investigation Unit Needs Help Identifying This Person (Surveillance Video Link) - 09/05/19

The Portland Fire Investigation Unit would like the public’s help in identifying a person in the video link seen below: 


This surveillance video was taken from the area of NE 82nd Siskiyou on August 26th just minutes before a 4th alarm brush fire extended to homes and businesses and threatened several more before it was stopped by firefighters.  If you have any information about who this person is and/or their whereabouts please call the fire investigations tip line at 503-823-INFO (4636). Or reach out to the Portland Police Crimestoppers case below: 

 Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823 

Call 503-823-HELP (4357) 

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, please visit https://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/support.php 



Firefighters Rescue One Female From Early Morning North PDX Apartment Fire (Photo) - 09/01/19

At 0142am early Sunday morning a fire was reported at an apartment complex at 3955 N Albina St. When the initial North Portland Fire & Rescue companies arrived they reported heavy fire from several 2nd story windows and evidence the fire had already extended to the attic. Several 911 calls were being received by emergency dispatchers. Those dispatchers forwarded only the most important information, including the phone call of one adult female who was trapped in her apartment. Firefighters from Ladder Truck 8 and Engine 14 immediately diverted their efforts to attempt a rescue on the apartment reported while firefighters from Engine 24 made quick action to apply hose streams to what would soon be an important stairwell for those firefighters. Within seconds of this plan one adult female was found inside her apartment and pulled to safety by those firefighters. Just prior to this, another adult male had jumped to safety from his 2nd story window. He was evaluated by fire and ambulance medics and transported to Emanuel Hospital with minor injuries. The female rescued by firefighters was transported to Emanuel Burn Center with significant inhalation and burn injuries. She is in serious condition. 
Firefighters had the fire under control within an hour. The apartment complex suffered extreme damage. Four adults in all were displaced due to the damage and Red Cross Cascade is assisting with providing shelter. 
Fire Investigators are currently still at the scene attempting to determine a cause but have not released any details at this time. 


Roy Elworthy
Roy Elworthy
Portland Man Arrested and Charged After Setting Fire To Houseless Persons Possessions (Photo) - 08/29/19

On Monday August 26th Portland Fire & Rescue’s Fire Investigation Unit arrested 44year old Roy Elworthy in connection with a tent fire on August 15.

On August 15, a houseless person’s tent and belongings were intentionally set on fire in a lot near SE 136th and Powell, destroying the tent and the person’s belongings. It was reported that earlier that day a man living nearby told a group of houseless people in the lot that if they did not move, he would set their things on fire.

Mr Elworthy is being charged with “Reckless Burning” a class A misdemeanor that carries a potential sentence of 364 days in jail. He is currently being held in the Multnomah County jail.

*Portland Fire & Rescue and the Portland Police Bureau would like to remind the public that setting fire to another person’s property is a crime that will be prosecuted. This is a very dangerous type of fire that can get out of control very quickly, endangering the lives of everyone in the area. An outdoor burn ban has also been issued and is in effect throughout Multnomah County as of August 27.

The City of Portland has a “One Point of Contact” system where people can report issues with campsites. Reports can be filed atwww.portlandoregon.gov/campsites or call 503-823-4000


Attached Media Files: Roy Elworthy
Burn ban in effect Aug. 27, 2019 - 08/27/19

MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. – A burn ban is in effect in Multnomah County due to high temperatures, low humidity and dry conditions expected in the area Tuesday.

The Multnomah Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis issued an outdoor burn ban Tuesday morning for all areas of Multnomah County.

The ban includes recreational camp fires, fire pits, yard debris, agricultural burning and permits issued for open burning until further notice.

Anyone with questions should check with their local fire department for more information.

Local districts can be reached at the following numbers:

  • 503-618-3083 for Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, Fire District 10
  • 503-695-2225 for Corbett Fire District 14
  • 503-621-1242 for Sauvie Island District 30
  • 503-823-3700 for Portland Fire & Rescue general information

Outdoor barbecuing is still allowed, but residents should use caution and dispose of charcoal briquettes and ashes properly.

Smokers should make sure their cigarettes are completely out and placed in receptacles.

Arson Arrest Made for Multiple Fires Set Near University of Portland (Photo) - 08/22/19

At 10:20am Wednesday, North Portland Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to several fires in close proximity to each other on the bluff just below the University of Portland. This location was close to the intersection of N Harvard and N Willamette. Firefighters found 4 separate fires ranging in size from 10x10ft to 100x200ft. The first arriving engine navigated to a spot where they could fight the most critical fire which reached with a couple feet of vehicles in a university parking lot.The closest building was 50 feet away but crews extinguished the fire before it could cause any damage to vehicles. Which also prevented spread to the nearby building. Familiarity with the area and training on fires like these on or near the bluff are one of the main reasons firefighters were able to extinguish so quickly.  Dry brush and tree fuels, difficult sloped terrain and limited access for fire apparatus are complicating issues these crews deal with in fires located in areas like the University Bluff.

911 callers reported seeing someone walking down the trail and lighting brush and trees on fire with a butane lighter. One of the callers actually followed the person and pointed them out when the Portland Police Bureau arrived. The suspect was held for questioning by PF&R investigators. 38 year old Adrianne Esther Cook was arrested and later booked at Multnomah County Jail. She will be charged with 4 counts of Reckless Burning. 

**Important Safety Reminder**

Many weeks of dry weather have made for dangerous fire conditions in our forested  and brush areas. Recent rainfall has NOT significantly changed the issue. The moisture content in the vegetation is still low. Residents are reminded to be careful when enjoying nature, call 911 if you see someone acting recklessly with fire and pay attention to regional burn ban notifications.