Drivers in Oregon Allowed to Pump Their Own Gas Through Heat Wave

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Following a recent emergency declaration in Oregon from Governor Kate Brown due to temperatures hitting triple digits in Oregon, the Oregon Fire Marshall is giving the green light to go ahead and pump your own gas. While self-serve gas is most common in the US, with Oregon being one of just two states that places limits on drivers pumping their own gas, it has been legal in some rural Oregon counties. A bipartisan bill is currently working its way through the legislature, that would give residents across the state to offer self-serve gasoline.

At least during the heat wave in Oregon this week, according to the tweet this is in an effort to help protect station attendants from being in the heat all day. The warm temperatures are expected to continue through the weekend in the Pacific Northwest.

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With two suspected deaths that may be linked to the current heat wave, health officials are also reporting in Multnomah County that at least 13 people in the past few days have been treated for illnesses connected to the rising temperatures.

The emergency order in place currently is for the following 25 counties:

  • Columbia
  • Clackamas
  • Crook
  • Curry
  • Deschutes
  • Douglas
  • Gilliam
  • Grant
  • Hood River
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Josephine
  • Klamath
  • Marion
  • Morrow
  • Multnomah
  • Polk
  • Sherman
  • Umatilla
  • Union
  • Wallowa
  • Wasco
  • Washington
  • Wheeler
  • Yamhill