All land clearing and residential burning in Clark County will be banned until further notice starting at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, June 8.
The fire marshal is also rescinding all burning permits issued prior to the ban. Permits can be reissued or extended when the ban is lifted, stated a news release from the county. The burning restrictions do not apply to federally managed lands.
“Due to recent fires and out of abundance of caution, open burning in Clark County will be closed until Sept. 30,” Clark County Fire Marshal Dan Young stated in the release. “Recreational fires will still be allowed.”
To have predictable and consistent burn bans, Clark County implements a policy to ban outdoor burning from July 15 through Sept. 30 each year. Designating this period was based on years of information about fuel conditions, but a ban can begin sooner or end later under certain conditions.
Recreational campfires on forest lands are allowed only in improved fire pits in designated campgrounds, like commercial campgrounds and local, county and state parks. On private land, recreational fires are permitted when built according to the following regulations:
For more information, contact the fire marshal’s office at 564-397-2186 or visit the county’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/development/fire/burning.html.
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