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Klickitat, Skamania Counties Ban Outdoor Burning July 1

Expires Sept. 30

The Klickitat County and Skamania County Board of Commissioners will be closing all outdoor burning effective July 1 through Sept. 30.

Klickitat's ban is in effect on outdoor burning outside the corporate limits of any city or town in the county; the jurisdiction of the Yakama Indian Nation; and the jurisdiction of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and prohibiting the issuance of burning permits except for authorized agricultural burning.

Attended camp fires will be allowed in the Mt. Adams Guler County Park in Trout Lake within the designated fire ring. However, the county or the state DNR can ban campfires at anytime during periods of extreme fire danger.

Residential barbecues will be allowed.

At the discretion of the fire chief, Fire Protection Districts are exempt from this ban for live fire training activities.

In Skamania County, the ban affects all burning without written permit issued by the board of commissioners on non-state and non-federal lands.

Fires that are maintained within a fireplace or wood stove, or outdoor fires that are in permanent barbecues, portable barbecues or outdoor fireplaces located a minimum of 30 feet from grass, brush, etc., or campfires in established campgrounds are exempt.

Both burn bans may be extended by the respective board of commissioners if dangerous conditions exist beyond the Sept. 30 expiration date.

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