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Clark County expands outdoor burn ban

By Brianna Murschel, Columbian staff writer
Published: July 10, 2024, 7:21pm

After the recent heat wave and extreme fire danger, recreational fires are prohibited throughout unincorporated Clark County, in addition to the general outdoor burning ban implemented July 5.

The ban expansion includes “all outdoor burning, the use of charcoal briquettes in all state forests, parks and lands protected by DNR firefighters,” according to a county news release.

Interim Clark County Fire Marshal Donna Goddard said it is a preventive method to avoid more or larger brush fires resulting from campfires.

The ban became effective immediately Wednesday and will remain in effect until further notice.

Goddard recommends removing fuel within 3 to 5 feet of foundations, outbuildings, garages and sheds and 10 feet of homes. Remove fuel from decks, porches, gutters and eaves.

Also, cut the lawn if it’s brown and dispose of debris, prune trees so the lowest branches reach 6 to 10 feet off the ground, and be wary of landscapes with native and flame-resistant plants.

Self-contained camp stoves are not banned and are safe for outdoor cooking.