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The Kitsap County Fire Marshal announces a ban on general outdoor burning6/26/2019

​(Port Orchard, WA) - ​ The Kitsap County Fire Marshal announces that a phase one ban on outdoor burning will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Friday 6/28/19. 

During a phase one burn ban all outdoor burning is prohibited, except for recreational fires in approved devices and locations. For more information on approved devices and locations, see Outdoor Burning Frequently Asked Questions

As part of the ban, all burning permits are suspended until further notice and no additional permits will be issued in the unincorporated areas of Kitsap County. 

This ban is needed due to dryer than normal conditions and the potential for fires to spread once ignited. According to Fire Marshal David Lynam, “June is always a dry month, but this year it is particularly dry, with the larger debris in the rural areas reaching moisture content the same as Kiln dried lumber.” 

The National Weather Service predicts Kitsap County residents can expect 1.5 inches of rainfall in June with the exact amount depending on location. Records indicate that the official rain gauge for June shows less than 10% of the typical June amount with temperatures slightly higher.

The burn ban is imposed due to fire conditions and is not the same as a stage one burn ban implemented by the Puget Sound Air Quality Agency, due to air quality issues. 

For additional information, please contact the Fire Marshal's Office (360) 337-5777 or your local Fire Department. 

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