Outdoor burn ban begins Thursday; 'Fire danger is rising'

The Kitsap County Fire Marshal announced that a Phase I Outdoor Burning Ban will start Thursday, Aug. 16.

Under a Phase I Outdoor Burning Ban, outdoor burning permits are temporarily suspended and no outdoor burning is allowed except for cooking fires in contained cooking units or designated areas and recreational fires. A “recreational” fire is defined as follows:
— Built in a designated fire pit space,
— No larger than three feet in diameter,
— Containing seasoned firewood or charcoal briquettes only,
— Located in a space well clear of vegetation, and at least 25 feet from buildings, fences, or anything that might burn,
— Attended at all times by an alert adult with immediate access to a shovel and a water source.

Outdoor burning is the most common cause of wildfires, according to David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal. The potential for dangerous fire spread is increasing as vegetation moisture content is decreasing due to a prolonged spell of warm and dry weather. Local fire districts are reporting an increase in the number and severity of brush fires due to the dry weather conditions. The ban will remain in place until significant and sustained rainfall improves conditions.

Poulsbo Fire spokeswoman Jody Matson said the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for most of western Washington, effective Thursday afternoon through Friday evening. High temperatures could reach upper 80s to lower 90s in the northern areas.

For more information on outdoor burning and local restrictions, contact local fire agencies:
- Bainbridge Island Fire Department (206) 842-7686
- Poulsbo Fire Department and North Kitsap Fire & Rescue (360) 297-4888
- County-wide at 1-800-323-BURN.


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