Vancouver, Camas, Washougal issue immediate burn ban

By Eric Florip, Columbian transportation & environment reporter

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The cities of Vancouver, Camas and Washougal have issued a total ban on recreational burning, effective immediately, due to high fire danger. The bans were announced late Thursday morning by the Vancouver and the Camas-Washougal fire departments.

The potential for high temperatures, high wind gusts and extremely dry conditions prompted the ban, according to fire officials. A red flag warning from the National Weather Service also remains in effect for Clark County and other parts of Southwest Washington.

All outdoor burning, campfires or outdoor fireplaces are not allowed. The use of outdoor barbeques, however, is still permitted.

Officials did not announce a time frame for the burn ban, only that it will continue "until weather and fire danger conditions improve."