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Fire danger very high; all outdoor fires banned and caution urged
KITSAP COUNTY — The Kitsap County Fire Marshal announced Friday that, because of elevated risk of local wildfires and stretched firefighting resources, the outdoor burning ban will be expanded to prohibit all outdoor fires, effective 12:01 a.m. Sept. 15.
A Phase I Outdoor Burn Ban was imposed on Aug. 16. Under that type of ban, outdoor burning permits are temporarily suspended and no outdoor burning is allowed except for recreational or campfires. Effective Sept. 15, even these fires will be prohibited under a Phase II Outdoor Burn Ban until further notice.
Outdoor burning is the most common cause of wildfires. The potential for dangerous fire spread continues to mount as vegetation moisture content is decreasing due to prolonged warm and dry weather. Local fire districts are reporting an increase in the number and severity of brush fires; at least four multiple-acre blazes have challenged local firefighting resources over the past week. Although the cause of these incidents has not yet been determined, the severity of the fires underscores firefighters’ concerns about current fire danger. Contained charcoal, gas or propane grills and barbecue units are allowed under this expanded burn ban but officials urge the public to exercise extreme caution with all potential ignition sources.
The ban will remain in place until significant and sustained rainfall improves conditions. For more information on outdoor burning and local restrictions, contact your local fire agency:
— Poulsbo Fire Department and North Kitsap Fire & Rescue, (360) 297-4888.
— Countywide, 1-800-323-BURN.