In response to continued warm and dry weather, Skamania County and Klickitat County have extended their respective outdoor burning bans.
The county-wide burn ban for Skamania County went into effect July 16, and was expected to be lifted on Sept. 30. It has been extended until Oct. 15.
Klickitat County's burn ban will be in effect until Oct. 31.
"Due to the extreme fire hazards experienced this fall and lack of sufficient precipitation, the various fire districts through the Interagency Fire Association have requested that an extension of the outdoor burn ban be adopted within the unincorporated areas of Klickitat County," read a resolution unanimously approved by the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 29.
Also, Klickitat Fire District No. 3, Cherry Lane, has extended the district's burn ban until further notice.
Fire District Commissioners expressed worry about the high fire danger.
"The commissioners are concerned that the public will start burning the first of October. Due to the extremely dry conditions, they feel it should be extended," said Mollie Krall, secretary for the fire district.
Meanwhile, SDS Lumber Co., Rainier Timberlands (managed by The Campbell Group LLC), and the Kreps Family have lifted fire danger closures on their respective properties.
The companies expressed appreciation for the public's cooperation during the closures.