Clark County burn ban lifted

Cool, wet weather decreases the risk of wildfires

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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Recent rain and cooler forecasts has led the Clark County Fire Marshal to lift the burning ban for recreation and land clearing fires.

The recent turn in the weather significantly decreased the risk of wildfires, but residents still must follow all local outdoor burning regulations and burning permit requirements.

Recreation campfires are allowed if built in improved fire pits in designated campgrounds. Recreational fires on private land must meet the following requirements:

o Fires must be built in a metal, stone or masonry-lined pit such as those seen in approved campgrounds or sold in home and garden stores. Fires must not exceed 3 feet in diameter by 2 feet in height.

o Fires must be at least 25 feet from a structure or other combustible material, and have at least 20 feet of clearance from overhead fuels such as tree limbs, patio covers or carports.

o Fires must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16 years old and with the ability to extinguish the fire using a shovel, five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.

o Completely extinguish recreational fires by pouring water or moist soil on them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch.

o The use of burn barrels is illegal.

More information on burning rules and regulation in Clark County can be found at www.clark.wa.gov/development/fire/burning.html.

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