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Warm weather brings Island County burn ban

Island County will be under a modified burn ban starting Tuesday, July 15.

As of 8 a.m. that day, no outdoor burning of natural debris will be permitted, even with a permit, according the notice from the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Under this modified ban, recreational and cooking fires will be allowed, but only in approved fire pits. These pits will need to be lined with concrete, like those that can be found in campgrounds.

Outdoor cooking will also be allowed on a propane or briquette barbecues, or in a self-contained camp stove, according to the notice.

The reason for the urn ban is stated as lower-than-normal moisture levels, low humidity and warmer weather, all of which increased the risk of fire.

Historically, July and August are the months Island County has the lowest precipitation, with less than one inch of rain, on average, in those months, according to city-data.com

Humidity also reaches a yearly low in those two months, with less than 60 percent in the afternoon. July and August also account for two of the three sunniest months of the year, with the third being September.

The ban, put officially in place by Sheriff Mark Brown, serving as the Island County Fire Marshal, will start at 8 a.m. July 15, and remain in effect until further notice.

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