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Burn ban takes effect July 1

Commissioners pass ordinance

Due to fire danger from a lack of rainfall, the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners has established an outdoor burning ban effective July 1.

The county defines "outdoor burning" as "combustion of any type in an open fire or open container."

The commissioners voted to adopt the ban on June 6. It is expected to be in force through 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.

The burn ban prohibits 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 advised 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 overall burn ban.


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