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Governor Inslee Extends Burn Ban for Eastern WA

The cooler weather and showers only helped a little in the battle against the state’s wildfires and with more triple digit heat expected Gov. Jay Inslee today announced an extension to the burn he ordered last week .

The ban includes most outdoor and agricultural burning for 20 counties east of the crest of the Cascades. The burn ban is extended one week until noon Friday, August 1.

“While fire crews have made significant progress over the past week in bringing the fires under control, weather conditions are still a concern and we need to continue erring on the side of safety,” Inslee said.  “Resources are still stretched thin and we want everything we have focused on containing the remaining fires and helping impacted families.”

The governor signed an amended proclamation last week to implement the burn ban. Outdoor burning includes but is not limited to:

  • Campfires
  • Bonfires
  • Residential yard debris clean-up, trash disposal, land clearing, weed abatement and agricultural burning activity; and
  • Ignition of fireworks

Liquid fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted provided the use is conducted over a non-flammable surface and at least five feet from flammable vegetation. Charcoal grills are permitted at private residences under the same conditions. Campfires at designated areas in state, county and municipal parks and campgrounds can continue in accordance with current and ongoing restrictions. Campers and visitors should check on the restrictions in place at individual parks.

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