Burn ban starts Wednesday

Just in time for fireworks season, Island County Sheriff Mark Brown, who also serves as fire marshal, announced the annual summer burn ban will go into effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 1.

Although legal fireworks are still allowed, under the burn ban there will be no outdoor burning of natural debris, even those previously approved with a permit. Recreational and cooking fires are allowed in approved fire pits lined with concrete or metal such as those found in campgrounds. Outdoor burning is also allowed on barbecues and camp stoves.

Atmospheric conditions of reduced moisture levels, low humidity and dry, hot weather, combined with the reduced availability of firefighting resources, cause a substantial risk of the spread of fire within Island County, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Although the weather has been cloudy with some rain lately, dryer conditions are predicted.

The sheriff set the ban in concurrence with the Fire Protection Districts of Whidbey and Camano islands, and the state Department of Natural Resources and the Northwest Air Pollution Authority.

The ban remains in effect until further notice, typically until autumn. Call 911 to report violations.

Outdoor burning information throughout the year is available by calling 679-7343.

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