Vancouver issues total ban on recreational burning

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High fire danger prompted the city of Vancouver today to issue a total ban on recreational burning until conditions improve.

The ban comes on the heels of record high temperatures and strong winds this week. The ban starts today, and will remain in effect until further notice, according to the city.

Recreational fires, campfires and fires in outdoor fireplaces or chimney devices are prohibited during the ban. Approved propane or charcoal barbecues, however, are still allowed.

Violations of the ban could result in citations, according to the city.

The city announcement comes a day after the state Department of Natural Resources expanded its statewide burn ban to include all outdoor burning, “with no exceptions,” on DNR-protected lands in Washington.