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County burn ban takes effect

Ban in effect until Sept. 30

Due to fire danger from "extreme drought conditions, fire hazards, and lack of sufficient precipitation," the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners has established an outdoor burning ban that will go into effect 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 5. It is expected to be in force at least 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 an open fire or in an open container. Residential barbecues are allowed, however, and live fire training for fire protection districts will also be allowed.


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