Outdoor burn bans lifted on Peninsula

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The end of an autumn dry spell has prompted the lifting of outdoor burn bans on the North Olympic Peninsula and elsewhere in Western Washington.

Burning yard debris is now permitted in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

Clallam County Fire Marshal and Community Development Director Sheila Roark Miller announced Monday that the burn ban would be lifted at midnight.

It also was lifted in Jefferson County effective Tuesday.

In most years, the state Department of Natural Resources lifts the statewide ban for outdoor burning Oct. 1.

Roark Miller announced late last month that the Clallam County burn ban would be continued indefinitely until conditions changed.

The chiefs of the five Eastern Jefferson County fire districts decided to extend the burn ban to Oct. 15, and the three county commissioners approved the extension by a resolution Oct. 1.

After rains moved through the region last weekend and into Monday, DNR listed the fire danger as low in Clallam, Jefferson and 13 other Western Washington counties.

The listed danger was still high in seven Eastern Washington counties as of Tuesday and moderate in 17 counties.

Late last month, Roark Miller said the extension was necessary because of the unseasonably dry conditions and stretched resources from local firefighters battling blazes in Central Washington.

Last modified: October 16. 2012 5:13PM
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