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Bingen, county start burn bans

Outdoor burning stops June 1

Due to the increased prevalence of warm and dry weather conditions, the Bingen Fire Department will ban all outdoor burning in the city of Bingen, effective June 1.

The ban will last at least until Oct. 31, and may be extended beyond that date if Bingen Fire Chief David Spratt determines that fire danger conditions remain high. For more information, contact Spratt at 493-2122.

Klickitat County has also established an outdoor burn ban. The county's ban will be in effect June 1-Sept. 30.

"Due to the extreme drought conditions, fire hazards, and lack of sufficient precipitation, the various fire districts through the Interagency Fire Association have requested that an outdoor burn ban be adopted within the unincorporated areas of Klickitat County," read an excerpt from the county's resolution, which was approved unanimously.

The burn bans prohibit any type of outdoor burning, whether with an open fire or in an open container. Residential barbecues are allowed, however.

Residents of Klickitat County are asked to check with local fire district officials regarding burning restrictions within the corporate limits of any city or town not included in the county's ban.


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