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Countywide outdoor burning ban commences Aug. 6

Due to high fire danger, and prolonged hot and dry weather conditions, the Snohomish County Fire Marshal has called for an outdoor burning ban for unincorporated areas beginning 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 6.

This restriction bans outdoor burning except for recreational fires.

"With the continuing dry weather conditions, we're even asking that residents carefully consider any recreational fires they may be planning," said Mike McCrary, the county's Fire Marshal.

Recreational fires are less than three feet in diameter and two feet high, and are for cooking and pleasure only. Recreational fires must be contained within a fire pit that has been cleared of all combustible material within a 10-foot radius, must be monitored at all times and must have a water source readily available — at a minimum, a charged water hose or a five-gallon bucket of water.

This burn ban will be in effect until further notice. Residents within the boundaries of an incorporated city or town should check with their local fire departments for current burning ban information.

All outdoor burn permits, including permits issued by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for agricultural burning, are suspended until this ban is lifted. This ban will remain in effect until there is a sustained period of rainfall and the fire risk returns to low.

Contact the Outdoor Burning Information Hotline at 425-388-3508 for updated information.

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