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9/28/2012

Outdoor burning ban extended because of continued dry conditions

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Jon Dunaway, Fire Marshal
Phone: (360) 397-2186 ext. 3324

Vancouver, WA – The Clark County Fire Marshal is extending a countywide outdoor burning ban because persistent dry conditions continue to pose a fire danger.

The current ban on all land-clearing, yard debris and recreational fires on private land will remain in effect until at least mid-October.

Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway said the county’s ban, which was put in place in cooperation with Washington State Department of Natural Resources, could be revised if the region receives enough rain.

The ban does not extend to federally managed lands, although similar restrictions may be in place there.

The annual summer ban on land-clearing fires was expanded earlier this month to include recreational fires on private property. Recreational fires also are banned in the cities of Vancouver, Camas and Washougal as well as Cowlitz County.

The extended ban will help protect people, property and animals during unusually dry fall weather.

Dunaway will announce when the ban is lifted, but please check with the Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 397-2186 before burning at your home.

Recreational campfires are only allowed in improved fire pits in officially designated campgrounds.

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