Burn ban extended

"Expensive wine and British humor is supposed to be dry, but on Whidbey Island, an unusual dryness is downright dangerous.As local firefighters continue to battle a high number of brush fires on unseasonably dry land all over the island, Island County and Oak Harbor officials are taking precautions by extending a burn ban until Sept. 2.The ban on burning in both the county and city is total and includes people with residential burn bans or Department of Natural Resources permits.But the good news for BBQ fans: the only exceptions to the outdoor burn ban are residential barbecues.The burn bans come from the Island County Sheriff's Office and the Oak Harbor Fire Department. If the warm, dry weather continues, the officials could choose to extend the burn ban past Sept. 2. "

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