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County imposes burn ban
A burn ban that began Thursday is effective through noon Aug. 10.
According to the Island County Sheriff's Office, the ban means no outdoor fires are allowed in Island County, including recreational outdoor cooking fires using firewood, even in firepits lined with concrete or metal.
For outdoor cooking, the only allowable methods are with a propane barbecue, a barbecue with briquettes, or a self-contained camp stove.
Even people with approved written burning permits cannot light outdoor fires until the ban is lifted.
According to Sheriff Mike Hawley, who serves as the Island County fire marshal, weather conditions and the reduced availability of firefighting resources continue to create a substantial public safety risk in the county.
The ban will remain in effect until Aug. 10, and could be extended for an additional 30 days if conditions warrant.