Burn ban snuffed out

Island County Sheriff Rick Felici lifted the ban on outdoor burning as of midnight on Sept. 30.

The burn ban in Island County has been doused completely.

Island County Sheriff Rick Felici, who’s also the fire marshal, lifted the ban on outdoor burning as of midnight on Sept. 30.

A burn ban had been in place for about three months, although it was downgraded last week from Type II to Type I.

A notice from the sheriff’s office states that the burn ban was extinguished “due to the increase in fuel moisture levels and a return to more typical seasonal weather patterns.”

Residential yard debris and land-clearing burning are permanently banned in Coupeville, Freeland, Langley and Oak Harbor, as well as the urban growth areas surrounding the municipalities.

People may be able to obtain a verbal permit for residential fires of less than four feet in diameter by calling either 1-360-240-5526 and listen to the required conditions or Northwest Clean Air Agency at 1-360-428-1617, ext 4.

People may obtain a written permit for fires over four feet in diameter by calling 1-360-679-7350 (North and Central Whidbey) or 1-360-321-5111 ext. 7350 (South Whidbey).

Recreational fires less than three feet in diameter and two feet high do not require a permit.

Burning garbage and the use of burn barrels is illegal statewide and fines can exceed $1,000.

Those whose property falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources can call 1-360-856-3500 for burn permit information.

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