Emergency burn ban extended to all Washington counties

Emergency burn ban extended to all Washington counties

Credit: SkyKING, KING 5

Cold air keeps smoke from the Power Line No. 2 wildfire low to the ground. Taken from SkyKING around 6:00 a.m., Friday, October 5, 2012.

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 7, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 7 at 4:18 PM

OLYMPIA - Gov. Chris Gregoire has issued an emergency burn ban that now includes all counties in Washington state.

No outdoor burning is allowed in the state through midnight, Oct. 15.
 
"Washington state is experiencing a weather pattern like one we've rarely seen before," Gregoire said. "The long, warm and dry spell has elevated fire danger across our state. Given that we don't expect a significant amount of rainfall for quite some time, it makes sense to extend this proclamation and expand the burn ban. Extraordinary dry conditions across our state require that all Washingtonians exercise the utmost caution and allow fire crews to focus on the challenges at hand."

Wildfires continue to burn across the state and multiple brush fires flared up on Saturday.
 
The burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including but not limited to:

  • Campfires
  • Bonfires
  • Residential yard debris clean-up, trash disposal, land clearing, weed abatement and agricultural burning activity
  • Ignition of fireworks. 

 
Liquid fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted provided that use is conducted over a non-flammable surface and is at least five feet from flammable vegetation. Charcoal grills are permitted at private residences under the same conditions.

KING 5's Keisha Burns says we won't see rain any time soon. A large ridge of high pressure will remain anchored along the coast for the next several days, maintaining a dry northerly flow over the region. This will lead to cool clear nights, followed by warm sunny days.

As the ridge breaks down and moves eastward late in the week, we'll see more clouds, followed by a chance of showers next Friday and Saturday.

KING 5's Susan Wyatt contributed to this report.

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