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Burn ban to take effect Wednesday

The Kitsap County Fire Chiefs' Association, in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Kitsap County Fire Marshal's Office, imposed a Phase I Outdoor Burning Ban beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 8.

Under this burn ban, outdoor burning permits are temporarily suspended and no outdoor burning is allowed except for cooking fires in contained barbecue units and recreational fires. Recreational fires are built in designated fire pit spaces; no larger than three feet in diameter; contain only seasoned firewood or charcoal briquettes; located in spaces clear of vegetation and at least 25 feet from buildings, fences or anything that might burn; and attended at all times by an alert adult with access to a shovel and water.

Local fire districts are reporting well above average numbers of brush fires due to the recent warm and dry weather, according to North Kitsap Fire & Rescue. Outdoor burning is the most common cause of wildland fires.

The ban will remain in place until significant and sustained rainfall improves conditions.

For more information, contact local fire agencies or call 1-800-323-BURN.

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