Recreational fire ban expands to county, La Center, Battle Ground

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Recreational burning is banned in La Center, Battle Ground and unincorporated Clark County, effective immediately, due to the extreme dry weather. The areas joined Vancouver, which banned recreational fires on Wednesday.

That means, no campfires, outdoor fire pits or fireplaces, or portable fireplaces. Using gas and charcoal barbecues is OK, as are self-contained camping stoves.

“A small campfire can accidentally spread to adjacent properties very easily with our current dry conditions,” said Clark County Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway. “This is a preventive measure designed to reduce that risk.”

Last month, Dunaway canceled all outdoor burning permits issued by Clark County this year. Permits can be reissued or extended when the burn ban is lifted.

For more information, contact the fire marshal’s office at 360-397-2186 or visit www.clark.wa.gov/development/fire/burning.html.