Gov. Gregoire extends Eastern Washington burn ban

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Governor Chris Gregoire has extended a burn ban for all counties east of the Cascade crest, prohibiting all outdoor burning through midnight Sunday, October 7th, 2012.

The burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including but not limited to:
• Campfires
• Bonfires
• Residential yard debris clean-up, trash disposal, land clearing, weed abatement and agricultural burning activity
• Ignition of fireworks.

Liquid fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted provided the use is conducted over a non-flammable surface and at least five feet from flammable vegetation. Charcoal grills are permitted at private residences under the same conditions.

The proclamation issued by the governor:
• Directs state agencies and departments to continue to utilize state resources and to do everything reasonably possible to assist affected political subdivisions in an effort to respond to and recover from the fires;
• Notes the order into active state service of the organized militia of Washington state, to include the National Guard and the State Guard remains in effect; and
• Instructs the Washington State Emergency Operations Center to continue to coordinate all event-related assistance to the affected areas.

To check for air quality monitoring information, click here.

Meanwhile, the Washington State Department of Health is providing answers to frequently asked questions about wildfire smoke here.